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Andrew Lesnie has died

Oscar-winning Australian cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has died of a heart attack at age 59. Lesnie was Peter Jackson’s collaborator for fifteen years, and therefore has a significant authorship of the director’s exploration of Middle-Earth, in addition to his many other achievements. The Australian Cinematographers Society released a brief statement saying “We have been advised of the sudden death of Andrew,” and noted that his family would make an official statement soon.

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Why is it so hard to see Avengers: Age of Ultron in Germany? How much money has the film made so far oversees? Want to see the new trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight? Does Joss Whedon acknowledge Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D? Is there really a giant gorilla coming to The Flash? What’s happening on the first day of filming X-Men: Apocalypse? Can you see some new concept art from the film? What does a Hulkbuster highchair look like? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

reed richards powers

One little bit of ad copy can have a huge effect on a fanbase. For years, the precise nature of the stretching powers enjoyed (or endured) by Reed Richards has always been one of those things that Marvel Comics were able to explain away with a little jargon-laced pseudo-science. It didn’t really matter precisely how he stretched, for the most part, but it was fun to talk about.

Today, people had less fun talking about the details of the new Fantastic Four movie thanks to a sentence on the film’s official website. That line suggested that Mr. Fantastic’s powers are quite different in the film. But writer/producer Simon Kinberg has spoken up to say that things really aren’t changed, and to insist on one thing: “Reed Richards stretches in this movie.”

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Avengers Age of Ultron blu ray

Avengers: Age of Ultron has already grossed over $200 million in international release and will likely add at least that much to its grand total when it opens this weekend in the United States. Since the first film in 2012, fans have been patiently waiting for more Avengers action and that’s exactly what Joss Whedon delivers with the sequel.

Now, it seems like we might not have to wait until the third Avengers for more Avengers. Amazon.co.uk sent an e-mail to their users offering a pre-order of the Age of Ultron Blu-ray. According to their e-mail, the disc will include an extended version of the film and an alternate ending. However, Whedon said the disc will have deleted scenes, they just won’t be cut into the film. What about that alternate ending though? Read more about the Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu-ray below. Read More »

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell trailer

Imagine if you will a story that might be set somewhere between Harry Potter and The Prestige — a wild tale of rival magicians set in an alternate version of early 1800s England, featuring the influence of faerie and real-world history alike. That’s one way to describe Susanna Clark’s epic novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and if that makes the novel seem like a daunting piece of work to adapt for television, it is.

BBC One will soon air a Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell series, created by Clark, Toby Haynes, and Peter Harness, with Bertie Carvel and Eddie Marsan in the two lead roles. If this first Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell trailer is anything to go by, the BBC may have come up with a corker of an adaptation. Check out the lively footage after the jump. Read More »

Avengers Infinity War Logo

As exciting as going to the movies is, making one is often the opposite. It’s a slow, meticulous process that is more often than not boring instead of fun. There are so many moving parts, and so many people are invested mentally and financially, filmmakers just need to make sure everything is done right. The bigger a movie gets, the longer it takes to make sure that’s the case.

Movies don’t get bigger than Avengers: Infinity War. It’s a two part epic that is expected to feature an interplaterary battle between Thanos, The Avengers and maybe even the Guardians of the Galaxy. On paper, it’s everything the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building to since 2008. A movie that big will necessitate a very long shoot. That’s exactly what’s happening, according to star Chris Evans. He says he’ll be shooting both Infinity War parts for about 9 months, starting late next year. Read about the Avengers Infinity War filming below. Read More »

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We’ve got set photos, release dates and cast announcements. Lots of good stuff in this edition of Sequel Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • It Follows star Maika Monroe joins Independence Day 2.
  • Michael Bay posts images of several vehicles from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.
  • Josh Gad explains how John Lasseter told him about Frozen 2.
  • Kevin Smith talks the number of characters and influences for Mallrats 2.
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 has been moved up two months.
  • Keanu Reeves says Bill and Ted 3 is closer than ever.
  • Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday is on Instagram.
  • See Penelope Cruz in Zoolander 2.
  • The Super Troopers 2 IndieGoGo campaign has ended.

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Pixels movie - Chris Columbus interview

While in Las Vegas for CinemaCon 2015 last week, I got the opportunity to sit down with Chris Columbus, a screenwriter and director who had a dramatic effect on the cinema of my childhood, and yours. Lets do a list: Gremlins, Goonies, Young Sherlock Holmes, Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Stepmom, and the first installments of the Harry Potter franchise. His latest film Pixels seems to be a return to the roots of his earlier days, and I’m personally excited to see it.

In my interview with Chris Columbus (who turns out to be a daily /Film reader) I ask him if he will ever return to writing original screenplays again like he did with Gremlins and Goonies. He explains how he got involved with Pixels, initially having not seen the viral short film which inspired the movie. He talks a bit about how the licensed video game characters became involved with the project and also talks about Pac Man creator Toru Iwatani‘s appearance in the film, not as himself (as seen in the trailer) but in a cameo role.

We learn whether or not there was any pressure to differentiate the movie from Ghostbusters, and Columbus talks about a return to the Amblin era of films, whether he’d ever direct one of John Hughes‘ unproduced screenplays, and he even gives us an update on the Gremlins reboot. Hit the jump to read my full Chris Columbus interview from CinemaCon 2015 in Las Vegas.

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Man Up

There are those who mourn the death of the classic romcom, and those who prefer the genre in its newer, more Apatovian incarnation. Both groups would do well to watch Man Up, a British charmer that has one foot firmly planted in each camp. It’s full of meet-cutes and grand romantic gestures, just like your favorite ’90s classics, but it’s got the grounded messiness and R-rated jokes of a more modern affair. And it absolutely nails the most important aspect of any romcom: a lead couple with chemistry, in this case played by Simon Pegg and Lake Bell.

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