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‘Angels in America’ Cinematographer on Working With Mike Nichols

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Stephen Goldblatt, who was the cinematographer on Mike Nichols’ last three screen productions — including HBO’s “Angels in America,” which Nichols considered to be the crowning achievement of his career — spoke to Variety at the Camerimage Film Festival on Friday about his friend, who died Wednesday. Goldblatt has worked with some of Hollywood’s leading… Read more »

Gokhan Tiryaki on Working with Palme d’Or Winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan

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BYDGOSZCZ, Poland — Working with one of Turkey’s most eminent helmer/scribes, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, does not necessarily mean working with much of a budget. But, as cinematographer Gokhan Tiryaki put it at a conference on his filmmaking with Ceylan at Poland’s Camerimage fest, the director “works in the subliminal space.” Known for his explorations of… Read more »

China and New Zealand Ink TV Co-Production Deal

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The New Zealand and China governments have signed a television industry co-production agreement. The bilateral deal was signed in Wellington New Zealand, by China’s Cai Fuchao, minister at the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), and New Zealand’s Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Maggie Barry. The new agreement is in… Read more »

‘Budapest Hotel’ Checks In Late to Awards Race

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On Nov. 19, voting began for SAG nominations. On Dec. 1, art directors and producers kick off the guild voting, while the New York Film Critics Circle are first out of the gate by announcing their winners. As we get down to the wire, Hollywood calendars are jam-packed with awards events. And at each gathering,… Read more »

Holocaust Doc ‘Night Will Fall’ Gets Global Broadcast

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Andre Singer’s doc “Night Will Fall,” the story about the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps as WWII wound down, will be broadcast globally on Jan. 27, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Intl. Holocaust Remembrance Day. The film, produced by Sally Angel and Brett Ratner, will air on HBO in the… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Mockingjay’ Hits Franchise Low Despite No. 1 Opening of the Year

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Updated: Early Friday projections show Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1″ heading for an opening weekend of about $125 million in the U.S. — significantly lower than recent forecasts and over 20% below the first two “Hunger Games” movies. However, international box office for the first part of the “Hunger Games” finale is up… Read more »

Watch: Jon Stewart Makes First Appearance as ‘Colbert Report’ Guest, Snark Ensues

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Jon Stewart — the host of, in Stephen Colbert’s words, the liberal, elitist “Daily Show” — appeared on “The Colbert Report” Thursday night for the first time as an interview guest. Stewart was promoting his film “Rosewater,” which Colbert described as being so beautiful it “offends” him. With Colbert winding down his Comedy Central days,… Read more »

Watch: Lena Dunham, Chris Pratt Read Mean Tweets on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

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“If you don’t have anything nice to tweet, don’t tweet at all.” That definitely wasn’t the motto last night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” during the eighth edition of the host’s “Mean Tweets” segment, which asks celebrities to read out Twitter users’ insulting posts about them. Thursday night’s entertaining compilation featured a new batch of celebs, including… Read more »