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Lionsgate Odyssey

In an unprecedented move, a movie studio has decided that an adaptation of a well-known story will be broken up into several movies, rather than done as a single film. That’s a joke, of course. The way things are now, it would be more surprising to hear of one film being developed.

In this case, the subject is The Odyssey, which The Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson are developing for Lionsgate. Their work is based on the epic poem by Homer that we all studied, or pretended to study while using Ray Harryausen films as our real curriculum, in school. Read More »

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Action Filmmaking Tips

We’ve been talking a lot about Mad Max: Fury Road for the past couple weeks, and one reason is that it is, as I argued in my review of the film, incredibly precise and clear storytelling from a visual perspective. There is virtually nothing as good as Fury Road in action films of late. But there is in older work, such as the remarkable run of ’80s and early ’90s movies from Jackie Chan.

A couple weeks ago I came across a video essay that is itself very precise about breaking down just what works in Chan’s films, and why. I’ve watched this essay many times now, and despite the fact that it isn’t “new,” having debuted late last year, I wanted to share it as an explanation of exactly how and why some visual storytelling works so well.

Whether you aspire to make films, or just want to gain a better understanding of how they work, you must watch this video.

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Fury Road trivia

Mad Max: Fury Road was over a decade in the making, and hit the screen with a rich backstory. While it’s more fun to let the characters on screen exist with only the information we’re given in the movie, the tales of the creation of Fury Road are so good that we have to dive in.

Below we’ve got eight of our favorite bits of Mad Max: Fury Road trivia, from the insane planning that went into the stunts, to the freedom that digital cinematography allowed in collecting the insane amount of footage that makes up this movie and the fact that the Mad Max: Fury Road blu-ray will feature a black and white version of the film with an isolated score as the only soundtrack.  Read More »

The Aviator

The bright, hot days of summer are finally upon is, and that means it’s the perfect time to seclude yourself in a curtained, air-conditioned room and watch some movies. First, catch up on some of the classics leaving Netflix in June 2015; once you’ve cleared a bit of space in your queue, you can fill it back up with some of the best films coming to Netflix (and Hulu, and Amazon) in June 2015.

After the jump, the best of the Netflix June 2015 release schedule, plus highlights from the upcoming Hulu and Amazon calendar. Read More »

3D Printed Jason Statham Mask

If you’ve ever watched The Transporter, Crank, or The Expendables and wished you were Jason Statham, then we have some good news. Thanks to a pretty odd promotion from 20th Century Fox for next month’s action comedy Spy, you can get plans for a 3D printed Jason Statham mask. Disclaimer: Whatever you decide to do once that mask is in your possession is up to you, and we are not responsible.

Find out how to get a 3D printed Jason Statham mask after the jump. Read More »

new Amy Schumer movie

Amy Schumer‘s first starring film role, Trainwreck, hasn’t even hit theaters yet but the superstar comedienne is already setting up her next gig. She’ll co-write and star in a mother-daughter comedy at Fox. Paul Feig, the director of Bridesmaids, will produce. In typical Feig fashion, it’s an action comedy. Read more about the new Amy Schumer movie below. Read More »

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Jeff Jensen Tomorrowland Interview

I talk with Jeff Jensen about how he went from a television writer at Entertainment Weekly to collaborating with Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird on the story for Tomorrowland.  I must admit, I planned to go in and talk to Jensen about how the 1952 box was fabricated and how the script influenced the box and how the box influenced the script, but I found myself kind of blindsided with Jensen’s reaction. Jeff continued to pretend that the 1952 box wasn’t a creation of the team behind the film, which threw most of my prepared questions out the window. We still discuss how the box was used to sell executives and early Disney fans on the ideas behind the backstory of the movie.

I talk to Jeff about the early development of the film which saw two dueling ideas, one being a more Harry Potter approach and another more inspired by Close Encounters of the Third Kind. We also talk about the amazing Plus Ultra backstory which didn’t fully make it into the film but can be discovered through the tie-in prequel novel Before Tomorrowland he also wrote. Read all this and more in my Jeff Jensen Tomorrowland interview, after the jump.

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Fantastic Four banner header

So far, the trailers for Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four have shown us brief glimpses of the characters’  powers. We haven’t really gotten a chance, however, to visually study each ability. We now have a pretty decent chance to do that in a very odd place. Movietickets.com has released a commercial featuring the Fantastic Four and, for twenty seconds, it’s probably the best look yet we’ve seen from the movie…until it becomes an app commercial. But for 20 seconds, you get a really great look at what Josh Trank has in store for us on August 7. Check it out below. Read More »

Disneyland 60th anniversary

This weekend the Disneyland 60th anniversary celebration begins. Some big changes are in store for Disney fans and while a few (like the Hatbox Ghost) have gone live already, others will debut this weekend. Some examples are a brand-new Disneyland parade called “Paint the Night,” a new “World of Color” at California Adventure, a new Yeti on the Matterhorn and a new fireworks celebration called “Disneyland Forever.” Below, you can find videos from many of those updates. Check them out.

UPDATE: We’ve added the full videos of several of these new attractions. Read More »