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Better Call Saul’s Biggest Scene Took Five Entire Days To Shoot

Nothing good ever happens in the desert. That seems to be the word of caution constantly imparted by various episodes of “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.” Plenty of unfortunate characters have found themselves in such a setting — usually against their will — and never make it out. One continuous survivor of the setting […]

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James Cameron Says Marvel Features Not ‘Epic’ Like Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’

The debate with filmmakers about Marvel features rages on and entering the fray is “Avatar” director James Cameron. In a recent Directors on Directors interview with Variety, Cameron sat down with “Dune” director Denis Villeneuve to discuss everything from filmmaking technique to Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel.Cameron starts in early on how different “Dune” […]

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Oscars 2022: Best Visual Effects Predictions

Denis Villeneuve’s sweeping “Dune” leads the way in the VFX race as a cross between “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Star Wars.” But there is plenty of competition from other superhero, action-adventure, and fantasy films. Marvel is more diverse and ambitious in Phase 4 with “Eternals” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” while […]

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Oscars 2022: Best Cinematography Predictions

The good news for the cinematography race is that theaters have reopened, which means that the full spectacle of “Dune” and “No Time to Die” can be experienced on the big screen. But they are not alone — this season also boasts the visual splendor of “The Power of the Dog,” the romanticized nostalgia of […]

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‘Dune’ Costume Designers Created ‘1,000 or So Looks’ for Denis Villeneuve to Use in Part One

“Dune” has started rolling out overseas, collecting a strong $36.8 million in its international debut over the weekend. While the first movie in Denis Villeneuve’s planned two-part saga doesn’t arrive in the U.S. until late October, his crafts team has started making the rounds in support of what is surely one of the year’s big […]

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50 Films, Actors and Directors Overlooked by the Oscars

There are no right or wrong decisions in Oscar winners, since it’s all a matter of personal taste. However, four categories in the past 91 years — best picture, director, actor and actress — are a reminder that some greats did not get the appreciation they deserved. In 1962, Peter O’Toole (“Lawrence of Arabia”) had […]

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‘The Irishman’ Will Be an Oscar Epic for Netflix

What’s telling about Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” is how few studios were willing to take on its $159-million price tag. Only one company stepped up: Netflix. Since the dawn of Hollywood, the major studios have been willing to gamble on grand ambition and spectacle, from 1927’s first Oscar-winner “Wings” and David Lean’s desert epic “Lawrence […]

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