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Christopher Walken Joins Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya in ‘Dune: Part Two’

The emperor of the universe has been found. Christopher Walken has nabbed the plum role of Emperor Shaddam IV in Dune: Part Two, the all-star continuation to Denis Villeneuve’s Oscar-winning adaptation of the Frank Herbert science fiction classic. Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson and Javier Bardem, among others, are returning for the Legendary feature, with […]

Josh Brolin Explores Jaw-Dropping ‘Outer Range’ Revelations and Teases a Gurney Halleck Plan in ‘Dune: Part Two’

[The following story contains major spoilers for Outer Range.] For Josh Brolin to return to television after nearly two decades, it needed to be something bold and unconventional. Well, he certainly found that in Outer Range, Amazon Prime Video’s neo-Western with a sci-fi twist. Created by Brian Watkins, the series quickly became a water-cooler show […]

Denis Villeneuve Hands Out Namesake ‘Coup de Cœur’ Award (Exclusive)

Denis Villeneuve, the Dune director, was on hand to award the namesake Denis Villeneuve Coup de Coeur prize to Clara Milo for her short film Aska on Friday night in Montreal. The honor was handed out as part of the Gala Prix Prends CA Court! Awards and including $25,000 in cash, followed Villeneuve judging around […]

Oscars: ‘Dune’ Dominates Crafts with 6 Wins

Dune harnessed Oscar power on Sunday night. The sci-fi adaptation from Legendary and Warner Bros. took home six Oscars, winning in cinematography, editing, score, visual effects, production design and sound. Cinematographer Greig Fraser won his first Oscar as part of a busy year that also saw him unveil his work on The Batman and prepare […]

How Canada Made Such a Strong Showing in the 2022 Oscar Race

Guillermo del Toro reached the pinnacle of Hollywood success by shooting Oscar winners and contenders like The Shape of Water and Nightmare Alley in Ontario. So after years of working with Canadian creatives, the horror maestro’s growing web of Toronto collaborators are set to join him at the Academy Awards on March 27 — and […]

Does the Academy Favor Male-Driven Stories for Its Top Prize?

The 2021 Oscar ceremony was an anomaly across the board, from the somber tone to the intimate setting to the detrimental choice of naming best actor as the final award of the evening. But the strangest sight of all was witnessing a spate of women gather on the dais to accept the best picture trophy. […]

‘Dune’ DP Greig Fraser Wins American Society of Cinematographers’ Feature Race

Greig Fraser’s lensing of Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic Dune won the American Society of Cinematographers Award for a feature film during the 36th annual ASC Awards, which were presented during a hybrid event, both in-person and live-streamed from the ASC’s Hollywood Clubhouse. Fraser, who was unable to attend the ceremony as he tested positive for […]

‘Dune’ Producer Mary Parent on Director Denis Villeneuve’s Vision: “It Was Clear Right Away That He Had a Burning Desire”

With Warner Bros.’ Dune, producer Mary Parent has earned her second Academy Award nomination for best picture (following 2015’s The Revenant). The vice chairman of worldwide production at Legendary Entertainment, whose producing credits include the similarly large-scale adventure films Pacific Rim (2013), Kong: Skull Island (2017) and Godzilla vs. Kong (2021), says that the ambitious […]

‘Dune’ Tops CAS Sound Mixing Awards

Dune won the top prize at the 58th Cinema Audio Society Awards for outstanding sound mixing Saturday at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. Rerecording mixer Ron Bartlett accepted the award and thanked the sound team, director Denis Villeneuve and others from the film. The sound mixing team behind the sci-fi epic won the live-action motion […]

Steven Spielberg on Producing: “The Smartest Thing I Do Is Hire Women”

West Side Story director and producer Steven Spielberg was the star of the Producers Guild of America awards nominee breakfast on Saturday morning, as one producer after another praised him, even though they were all competing for the same prize at Saturday night’s award show. Spielberg didn’t disappoint, and gave up several memorable tidbits, including […]

‘Dune’ VFX Supervisors Tristan Myles and Paul Lambert Detail an Award-Winning Sequence in Sci-Fi Epic

Denis Villeneuve’s epic Dune was the big winner March 8 at the Visual Effects Society Awards, with the Legendary/Warner Bros. movie collecting trophies for outstanding model (for the royal ornithopter), effects simulations (for the dunes of Arrakis), compositing and lighting (for the attack on Arrakeen) and for outstanding VFX in a photoreal feature, the evening’s […]

PGA Award Honoree Mary Parent Reflects on Her Career: “I Don’t Believe There Are Any Shortcuts”

Mary Parent is, at her core, a storyteller. But the producer and vice chairman of worldwide production at Legendary Entertainment, whose work on Warner Bros.’ Dune has earned her a second Oscar nomination for best picture (after 2015’s The Revenant), admits that she never expected a career in filmmaking to be her calling. “I’ve always […]