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Dune Production Designer Patrice Vermette Dreams Without Limitations [Interview]

Production designer Patrice Vermette and director Denis Villeneuve go way back. They’ve been working together for close to a decade now, starting with “Prisoners” and most recently reuniting for “Dune.” Over the years they’ve brought a variety of worlds to life, including south of the border, Pennsylvania, and the interior of an alien spaceship in “Arrival.” With […]

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Denis Villeneuve Thinks Christopher Nolan Is A ‘Master,’ Doesn’t Consider Himself On That Level

Christopher Nolan was arguably the quintessential filmmaker of the 2000s, but if there’s any filmmaker who could give him a run for his money in the 2010s and 2020s, it’s “Dune” director Denis Villeneuve. With thrillers and sci-fi epics like “Prisoners,” “Enemy,” “Sicario,” “Arrival,” and “Blade Runner,” Villeneuve has established himself as one of the […]

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‘Dune’ Opens to $40 Million at the Box Office. Strong Enough for a Sequel?

“Dune,” an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic, opened to $40 million at the North American box office. It’s a respectable start given the ongoing pandemic and the fact that “Dune,” like all Warner Bros. movies in 2021, premiered simultaneously on HBO Max, which might have taken a chunk out of overall ticket sales.Directed by […]

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Sci-Fi Epic ‘Dune’ Arrives, Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch’ To Heat Up Specialty Box Office

The month of October has shown strong box office returns for franchises, with Venom: Let There Be Carnage, No Time To Die, and Halloween Kills all opening above $50 million and boasting numbers that would have been respectable even in a pre-pandemic marketplace. The domestic launch of Dune this weekend will test whether the same […]

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‘Finding the Mother Tree’: Amy Adams to Play Scientist Who Discovered How Trees Communicate

If you’re a casting director on the hunt for an actress to play a specialist who needs to crack a mysterious form of communication from an unexpected species, Amy Adams is your gal. After playing that character type in Denis Villeneuve’s excellent 2016 film Arrival (and being unfortunately overlooked by the Academy), Adams is preparing […]

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‘Shadow and Bone’ Creator Eric Heisserer on Why Universal’s Original Dark Universe Plan Bombed

The writing was on the walls in 2017 when “The Mummy,” the patient zero of Universal’s planned Dark Universe mega-franchise, bombed at the box office. With projected losses of nearly $100 million for Universal Pictures, the film failed to launch what was supposed to be a sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe analog for the studio. While […]

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BFI Distribution acquires Jóhann Jóhannsson’s final film for UK (exclusive)

Narrated by Tilda Swinton, ‘Last And First Men’ debuted at the Berlinale earlier this year.BFI Distribution has secured UK and Ireland rights to Last And First Men, directed by late Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, in a deal with Films Boutique.The fiction-documentary hybrid, narrated by Tilda Swinton, was completed posthumously following the death of the Arrival […]

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Denis Villeneuve Honors Jóhannsson Two Years After His Death: ‘He Was a Creative Brother’

Denis Villeneuve has emerged as one of the best directors working today, and one person moviegoers can thank for that is Jóhann Jóhannsson. The Icelandic composer was one of Villeneuve’s most important collaborators, starting with “Prisoners” and continuing to shape the tone of Villeneuve’s work in “Sicario” and “Arrival.” Jóhannsson even worked on “Blade Runner […]

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Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Posthumous Directing Debut Will Play at This Year’s Berlin Film Festival

Jóhann Jóhannson died in 2018, but as one of the most celebrated composers in Hollywood, he left behind a legacy and a body of work that included scores for Prisoners, The Theory of Everything, Sicario, Arrival, Mandy, Mary Magdalene, and more. Now there’s one more element being added to that legacy: Jóhansson’s feature directorial debut, […]

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Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver to Star in Drama ‘The Good House’

Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver are starring in the drama “The Good House” for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners.The duo previously starred together in “Dave” and “The Ice Storm.” “The Good House,” based on the adaptation of Ann Leary’s New York Times bestseller of the same name, is beginning production in Canada this week.The film will […]

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