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‘The Tick’ Canceled After Two Seasons at Amazon

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‘The Tick’ Canceled After Two Seasons at Amazon
The Tick” has been canceled after two seasons at Amazon.

Series creator Ben Edlund broke the news on Twitter. “I’m sorry to say Amazon has chosen not to proceed with [‘The Tick’],” Edlund wrote. “I’m not sorry to say I love this show, its cast, its story, and its message. Destiny demands that my compatriots and I now seek a new home for this series.”

Edlund is the creator of the comic book on which the show was based. Peter Serafinowicz starred as the title character, a nigh-invulnerable superhero who fights crime in The City dressed as a massive blue tick. He is assisted in his quest for justice by Arthur Everest (Griffin Newman), a normal human who uses a moth-like suit in order to serve as The Tick’s sidekick. The series also starred Valorie Curry, Brendan Hines, Scott Speiser, Yara Martinez, and featured the voice of Alan Tudyk as Dangerboat.
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‘Serenity’ Review

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Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diane Lane, Jason Clarke, Djimon Hounsou, Jeremy Strong, Charlotte Butler, David Butler, Rafael Sayegh, Michael Richard, Robert Hobbs, Kenneth Fok, Garion Dowds | Written and Directed by Steven Knight

The feeling and emotion a cinephile find within themselves when they witness a cinematic masterpiece unfold in front of their eyes is a magical, no scratch that, unfathomable ideal that is an exhilarating and unquestionable abstract thirst and can only be quenched with seeking out more exquisite forms of cinematic sensation. Steven Knight’s latest does not usher such ecstatic reactions. Quite the antithesis in fact. A film comparable to that of Wally Pfister’s twenty-fourteen film Transcendence that explodes on instant impact of release with a tremendous cast list utterly dissipated in what quite possibly may be one of the most diabolical ventures in film in the last two decades.

The superb writer of the sublime
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Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese among 90-plus filmmakers to slam Academy plan

Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese among 90-plus filmmakers to slam Academy plan
Decision to present senior Oscars during commercials derided in open letter.

More than 90 distinguished filmmakers including Oscar nominee Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Damien Chazelle, Rachel Morrison and Emmanuel Lubezki have blasted the Academy’s plan to present four Oscars including two from senior categories during commercial breaks at the upcoming show.

“Relegating these essential cinematic crafts to lesser status in this 91st Academy Awards ceremony is nothing less than an insult to those of us who have devoted our lives and passions to our chosen profession,” the directors, cinematographers and editors – many of whom have won the Academy Award or
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Scorsese, Tarantino Protest Oscars Telecast Changes But Academy Won’t Budge

The furor over the Academy’s note to members detailing the decision to hand out four Oscars off-air has not died down. On Wednesday afternoon, some of the most respected and acclaimed filmmakers, cinematographers and cinematic artists put their concerns in an open letter to the Academy. The letter was signed by the likes of Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Roger Deakins, Spike Lee, Ang Lee, Damien Chazelle, Dee Rees, Tatiana S. Riegel, Sandy Powell, Rachel Morrison, Wally Pfister, Emmanuel Lubezki and Reed Morano, among others (full list of signatories to follow).

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The Dark Knight Fans Remember Heath Ledger On The Anniversary Of His Death

On January 22nd, 2008, Heath Ledger passed away after taking a fatal mix of prescription drugs, and on the eleventh anniversary of his death, fans of The Dark Knight took to social media to remember the actor and his most celebrated role.

Though the casting of Ledger as Bruce Wayne’s most famous adversary was met with heavy fan backlash when the news was first announced, it became all too clear that these objections were premature once Christopher Nolan’s film made its way to cinemas six months after Ledger’s passing. And in these last 24 hours, the social media outpouring makes it evident that the star still holds a special place in hearts of many a filmgoer:

On #OscarNoms day, we remember Heath Ledger who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as The #Joker in 2008’s #Batman film The Dark Knight.

Ledger passed away on
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Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Prods. Taps Alex Brown As Production Executive

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Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Prods. Taps Alex Brown As Production Executive
Jennifer Lopez and Elaine Goldsmith-ThomasNuyorican Productions has named Alex Brown Production Executive of the TV and film production company. Brown will join Lopez and Goldsmith-Thomas as producer across all of Nuyorican’s existing and upcoming projects.

Brown has been with Nuyorican for four years, working in both scripted and unscripted television, as well as the company’s movie productions. Most recently, Brown served as co-producer for Stx’s feature film Second Act and producer for Seasons 1-3 of NBC’s World of Dance.

Brown began her film career as a script supervisor for various films and commercials, where she assisted talent and directors such as Keira Knightley and Wally Pfister. After wrapping her assistant job on HBO’s The Night Of in 2015, Brown began working with Goldsmith-Thomas as a production assistant. Lopez and Goldsmith-Thomas recognized Brown’s talents and promoted her until she became Associate Producer on Season 2 of Shades of Blue.
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2019 American Society of Cinematographers Awards nominations: Oscar frontrunner Alfonso Cuaron (‘Roma’) among Asc contenders

The American Society of Cinematographers nominees announced Tuesday (Jan. 9) include four of our five leading Oscar contenders for Best Cinematography including the frontrunner to win — Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma” — as well as Matthew Libatique for “A Star Is Born,” Robbie Ryan for “The Favourite” and Linus Sandgren for “First Man.” The fifth Asc nominee, who bumped out “If Beale Street Could Talk” cinematographer James Laxton, is Lukasz Zal for the black-and-white “Cold War,” Poland’s entry in the Foreign Language Film race.

Over its 32-year history, the Asc has predicted 128 of the 160 Oscar nominees, including all of last year’s and those in 2017. However, the Asc choice for the best in the business has presaged the eventual winner at the Oscars only 14 times in 32 years.

Predict Oscar nominations now; change them till January 22

Indeed, Roger Deakins won three times with the guild but lost with the Oscars. Fourth time proved
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10 Years Later, ‘The Dark Knight’ Cinematographer Is Still Shocked Nolan Avoided R-Rating

10 Years Later, ‘The Dark Knight’ Cinematographer Is Still Shocked Nolan Avoided R-Rating
Christopher Nolan’s superhero epic “The Dark Knight” celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, and with it has come no shortage of articles looking back on the making of the game-changing genre movie. Vulture recently published an oral history of the infamous pencil trick scene, in which Heath Ledger’s Joker makes a pencil disappear by slamming a gangster’s head into it. The scene alone led cinematographer Wally Pfister to believe the movie was heading to an inevitable R-rating.

“It’s kind of shocking that ‘The Dark Knight’ ended up being PG-13,” Pfister said. “All of Chris’s movies would be PG-13 to open it up to a wider audience. Somehow, he always had some magic with the MPAA. Lo and behold, he has the pencil and I’m like, ‘You are not getting the PG-13 with that. There’s no way this is going in. He’s driving
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Why So Serious, You Ask? The Dark Knight Is Returning to Theaters For Its 10th Anniversary!

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Why So Serious, You Ask? The Dark Knight Is Returning to Theaters For Its 10th Anniversary!
It's been 10 years since The Dark Knight, aka the Batman movie of all Batman movies, was released and changed the game for superhero films. In honor of the film's big 1-0, Warner Bros. will rerelease it exclusively in four select IMAX theaters. That's right: for one week beginning Friday, Aug. 24, you'll get to see Heath Ledger's Joker and Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne battle it out in all their IMAX glory. Tickets officially go on sale July 20 for the select IMAX locations: AMC Citywalk in Universal City, CA, AMC Lincoln Square in New York, AMC Metreon in San Francisco, and the Ontario Place Cinesphere in Toronto.

Though The Dark Knight was the sequel to Christopher Nolan's 2005 Batman Begins, it's arguably the landmark film in his Dark Knight Trilogy. The Dark Knight took Nolan's story of Bruce Wayne to a whole new level by pitting him against a seemingly
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Why So Serious, You Ask? The Dark Knight Is Returning to Theaters For Its 10th Anniversary!

It's been 10 years since The Dark Knight, aka the Batman movie of all Batman movies, was released and changed the game for superhero films. In honor of the film's big 1-0, Warner Bros. will rerelease it exclusively in four select IMAX theaters. That's right: for one week beginning Friday, Aug. 24, you'll get to see Heath Ledger's Joker and Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne battle it out in all their IMAX glory. Tickets officially go on sale July 20 for the select IMAX locations: AMC Citywalk in Universal City, CA, AMC Lincoln Square in New York, AMC Metreon in San Francisco, and the Ontario Place Cinesphere in Toronto.

Though The Dark Knight was the sequel to Christopher Nolan's 2005 Batman Begins, it's arguably the landmark film in his Dark Knight Trilogy. The Dark Knight took Nolan's story of Bruce Wayne to a whole new level by pitting him against a seemingly
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The Dark Knight Returns to Limited IMAX Theaters Next Month

The Dark Knight Returns to Limited IMAX Theaters Next Month
The Dark Knight is celebrating its 10th anniversary in style. Director Christopher Nolan's comic book movie masterpiece turns 10-years-old today and, to honor the occasion, Warner Bros. is going to re-release it in IMAX next month. That, in itself, is excellent and very exciting news for fans, but there's a big catch. Unfortunately, the movie is only returning to four screens in four different theaters across the U.S. and Canada. Sorry, everyone else.

These 10th anniversary screenings will kick off for a one-week, limited engagement on Friday, August 24. The Dark Knight will be screened in IMAX at AMC Universal Citywalk Imax, Universal City, AMC Lincoln Square Imax, New York, AMC Metreon Imax, San Francisco, Ontario Place Cinesphere Imax, Toronto. So if you don't live in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco or Toronto, or can't easily travel to one of those locations, you may, unfortunately, be out of luck on this one.
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‘The Dark Knight’ Set for 10th Anniversary IMAX Re-release (Exclusive)

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‘The Dark Knight’ Set for 10th Anniversary IMAX Re-release (Exclusive)
Warner Bros. Pictures has set Christopher Nolan’s 2008 superhero sequel “The Dark Knight” for a re-release in four select IMAX theaters to celebrate the film’s 10th anniversary, Variety has learned.

Venues in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Toronto will host the film for a limited one-week engagement beginning Friday, Aug. 24.

Nolan and Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister pioneered the use of IMAX 70mm photography in feature filmmaking on the production, marking “The Dark Knight” as the first major feature to utilize Imax cameras. Nolan had previously tested the possibilities of the format’s massive scale and increased resolution with an Imax digital remastering of “Batman Begins.”

In the years since, movies such as “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” have followed suit, not to mention Nolan’s own “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Interstellar” and “Dunkirk.
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Film’s Most Visually Impactful Cinematography Set-Pieces

With the Blu-ray and DVD release of You Were Never Really Here this week, we have compiled a list of films that – just like in You Were Never Really Here – incorporate stunningly original and impactful camera shots.

Michael Clayton (2007) – Ending credits. Directed by Tony Gilroy, Cinematography by Robert Elswit.

Directed by Tony Gilroy and starring George Clooney, whose portrayal of debt-ridden fixer Michael Clayton struggling with the moral realities of his job, and his desire to do the right thing, earnt him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

Yet that isn’t why this movie is on our list! Rather it is the unusual credits at the end of Michael Clayton. Most movies end on a finishing fade out or cut to black, followed by the rolling film credits. But not with Michael Clayton. Instead when the credits roll in this film, we stick with Clooney as he sits in
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The Best Cinematographers of the 21st Century, From Roger Deakins to Ellen Kuras

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The Best Cinematographers of the 21st Century, From Roger Deakins to Ellen Kuras
The cinematography of an individual movie is oftentimes a difficult thing to judge, not only because it can be tough to separate the work of the cinematographer from the overall visual storytelling, but also because most viewers react to the look and style of a film through the lens of how we felt about the movie itself. Looking at a cinematographer’s body of work, however, can be a very different exercise, as it reveals what aesthetic aspects are specific to the cinematographer and how they impact the storytelling of the films they’ve shot.

When doing these lists, there is always a nagging feeling that we might be under-representing the great international filmmakers from around the world simply based on our own U.S.-centric viewing habits. The interesting thing about modern cinematography, though, is so many of great talents from around the world eventually feel the pull of
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2018 Oscars: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ would be the first cinematography champ to defeat a Best Picture-nominated film in 12 years

After wins this weekend at the American Society of Cinematographers and BAFTA, “Blade Runner 2049” appears to be well-positioned for the Oscars. Nothing is a sure thing with hard-luck 13-time loser Roger Deakins, but if he pulls this out, this would be the first time in 12 years that a non-Best Picture nominee beat a Best Picture nominee for Best Cinematography.

The last film to do this was “Memoirs of a Geisha” (2005), which edged out Best Picture nominees “Brokeback Mountain” and “Good Night, and Good Luck,” and non-Best Picture contenders “Batman Begins” and “The New World.” The following year’s Best Cinematography field was comprised entirely of non-Best Picture nominees — “Pan’s Labyrinth” beat “The Black Dahlia,” “Children of Men,” “The Illusionist” and “The Prestige” — so that is the last time a non-Best Picture nominee won the category. Since then, every cinematography champ has vied for the top award.

See 2018 BAFTA
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ could win Best Cinematography at Oscars, but that Best Director snub really hurts

‘Blade Runner 2049’ could win Best Cinematography at Oscars, but that Best Director snub really hurts
A recent Oscar trend has emerged over the past five years, with the winners of Best Director and Best Cinematography going hand-in-hand. It started with “Life of Pi” winning both of those categories in 2013 for Ang Lee and Claudio Miranda, respectively. They were followed by director Alfonso Cuaron and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki winning for “Gravity” in 2014. Lubezki went on to win twice more consecutively for “Birdman” and “The Revenant” along with his director on both films, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. And just last year Damien Chazelle and Linus Sandgren both claimed their respective categories for “La La Land.” What does this trend mean for Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”), Gold Derby’s current cinematography frontrunner?

A victory for legendary director of photography Deakins would be going against recent history, as the film’s director Denis Villeneuve was snubbed. As of this writing, 14-time Oscar nominee Deakins is out front to win Best Cinematography with 9/5 odds,
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Amazon renews The Tick for season 2

As we await The Tick’s return on Amazon in February, the studio has announced it has renewed the series for a 10-episode second season to premiere in 2019.

Series creator Ben Edlund will return for the second season with stars Peter Serafinowicz and Griffin Newman. Additional casting for new characters will also be announced at a later time.

“I am so excited that Amazon wants to continue this wildly fruitful collaboration and that this amazing cast gets to stay together, and that we get to build this mythos further, wider, deeper, and taller,” said Edlund. “We got a good ball of mud spinning with the right tilt of axis, I’m very happy we have this opportunity to keep peopling it.”

The Tick returns with more action-packed episodes! Evil is on the march, and The City is right in its way. Something terrible is going to happen, and Destiny needs
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The Dark Knight Is Returning To Theaters For Its 10th Anniversary

Update: Showtimes have now been announced and can be found here.

The Caped Crusader, Gotham’s Watchful Protector, the World’s Greatest Detective – Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s masked vigilante is known by many names, but in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, he was most commonly referred to as The Dark Knight. And what a Dark Knight he was.

Former American Pyscho star Christian Bale was officially unveiled as the seventh incarnation of Batman in 2005, and later headlined three of the best comic book movies ever made: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

Thanks to Nolan’s penchant for realism, his Batman trilogy will always be held in high regard by fans and now, as we approach the 10th anniversary (this July) of the second film in the series, The Dark Knight, we’re learning that it’s going to be swooping back into theaters.
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The plot thickens in new trailer for Amazon’s The Tick

With The Tick set to return next month, Amazon has released a new poster and trailer for the second half of the Prime exclusive series; take a look below…

The Tick returns with more action-packed episodes! Evil is on the march, and The City is right in its way. Something terrible is going to happen, and Destiny needs her champions now more than ever. The Tick and Arthur round up the gang in a crash collision course between justice and villainy.

The Tick stars Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy), Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion). The Tick is executive produced by Ben Edlund (Supernatural), Barry Josephson (Bones) and Barry Sonnenfeld (A Series of Unfortunate Events), directed by Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight), and written by Edlund.

The Tick season 1 is set to return on February 23rd.
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Exclusive Interview – Film editor Kevin Tent on Downsizing, his directorial debut Crash Pad, and more

Red Stewart chats with film editor Kevin Tent on Downsizing, his directorial debut Crash Pad, and more…

The entertainment industry is full of fascinating people working behind the scenes to ensure audiences get the best quality experience from whatever venue they are enduring, often with little recognition. In the film sector, in particular, it seems that the only crew members to be acknowledged are the directors and producers.

One of these unsung roles is the film editor, and we at Flickering Myth had the privilege to speak to an Academy Award nominated one called Kevin Tent. Tent has been working as a film editor since the early 1990s, getting his foot in the door thanks in part to famed film producer Roger Corman. Though he has worked with a variety of filmmakers over his career, Tent’s most frequent collaborator remains director Alexander Payne, whose latest film Downsizing hit theaters Friday.
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