Avatar sequels

We’re back in a familiar part of a cycle with respect to James Cameron and his films, where, in the long and seemingly fallow period between movies, people tend to question the wisdom of his next move. It happened before Titanic, and before Avatar. We know how both of those films turned out, at least from the perspective of business and cultural impact. But we still wonder about the value of making not one, but three Avatar sequels.

Cameron and Fox have been developing the movies for a while, and will soon start in earnest on production, with the first film scheduled for release in late 2016. And to hear the writer/director tell it, Avatar is the vehicle through which he can express all his artistic ideas going forward. Read More »

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For most cinephiles, there’s nothing more obnoxious than a glowing cell phone screen in the middle of a dark theater. But the fact is that there are plenty of other moviegoers who don’t mind, or even prefer, texting during movies. And now some theaters are experimenting with a new way to welcome them. Certain cinemas in China are rolling out “bullet screens,” which will display text messages from the audience about the film that’s playing. More details after the jump.

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Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness.

Header Photo: James Hance’s “Galaxy Explorers” painting

 

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Fisher King commentary

Tragic as the reason was, there’s been a muted pleasure in seeing people go back to The Fisher King in the wake of Robin Williams‘ death. The 1991 movie is among the least flashy of Terry Gilliam‘s films, and one that in the past decade or so seems to have taken a back seat to consideration of higher-profile films like Brazil and Twelve Monkeys.

The Fisher King is a great movie, and a strange one. But it grounds Gilliam’s quirky and excessive tendencies in a handful of really wonderful characters who are brought to life by great performances. Robin Williams, in particular, is at the top of his game as a man whose life has turned completely upside-down in the wake of his wife’s death. The film can be relentlessly brutal, but it is also beautifully funny, and full of life. At it’s heart, this is a musical, and it’s a pleasure to see Gilliam and the cast play.

There are a lot of treasures hidden on now out of print Criterion laserdiscs, and here’s one of them. This feature commentary from Terry Gilliam isn’t in print any longer, as it only appeared on the laserdisc release of the movie. But you can listen to the Fisher King commentary below. Read More »

Frank Miller Can’t Even Watch Batman Movies

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For better or worse, Frank Miller helped define superheroes in the ’80s with his grim and often violent stories featuring Marvel’s Daredevil and DC’s Batman. His work on those books had an influence that is felt in comics and film today, 30 years after the publication of some of Miller’s work. The most recent run of Batman films, directed by Christopher Nolan, bore significant Miller influence, not least being the title The Dark Knight. But Miller hasn’t seen those movies. In fact, Frank Miller hates Batman movies, and can hardly bear to watch any film based on characters he has worked on.  Read More »

Ray Donovan renewed

The hospitals of 1950s St. Louis aren’t big fans of William Masters’ sex study, but Showtime is. Masters of Sex has just been renewed for a third season, to air sometime next year.

Also returning is Ray Donovan, which like Masters of Sex is currently in the middle of its second season. Other Showtime series already confirmed to return for 2015 include Penny Dreadful, Shameless, Episodes, and House of Lies. Get more details on the new seasons of Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex after the jump.

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Hateful Eight poster

Last week, /Film broke the news The Weinstein Company would be including a teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight with Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The filmmaker has yet to start shooting the film, so many were curious would the trailer would entail. Well, now we know.

The trailer has been seen and while the video isn’t online yet (and likely won’t be, at least officially) a detailed description is ours to share. There’s no footage, just a selection of character names and roles and some country music.

Read the first Hateful Eight trailer description below. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Concept Art

Earlier this month, we showed you some Guardians of the Galaxy concept art which revealed Star-Lord’s comic book origins, which were abandoned in the final film. Today we bring you some concept art from earlier in the production process which shows extremely different character designs for our main heroes.

For example, Rocket Raccoon in the final film was a little cute raccoon with a grizzled attitude and badass skills, but what 2012 concept art shows a very different picture: a grizzled and battle-worn badass war veteran. But thats not all, the new concept art also shows very different versions of Groot, Gamora, Drax and Star-Lord. Also we get our first look at what Nova would have looked like if he were in the film in proper Nova Corp outfit. Hit the jump to check out the Guardians of the Galaxy concept art now.

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