Sharp Objects

No matter what level you’re at in your career, it’s all about getting a foot in the door. You just need that one thing. Get people to recognize you and the flood gates will open. As an example, take author Gillian Flynn. She was a best-selling writer with three books under her belt when her latest one, Gone Girl, was picked up by Hollywood. David Fincher directed the movie adaptation, which is coming out in October. That was her foot into the door to Hollywood.

Next up her debut novel, Sharp Objects, is being adapted into a one-hour TV drama by some of the minds behind Insidious and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You can read more about the Sharp Objects TV show below. Read More »

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Dwayne Johnson in Pain and Gain

These days, if you’re making an action movie, it’s a simple process. Step one: try and get Dwayne Johnson. Step two: everything else.

Universal has just about accomplished that first step for the upcoming adaptation of Robert Ludlum‘s The Janson Directive. Johnson is in talks to star in and produce the film, which is based on a book by the late  Bourne series author. This, too, is a potential franchise starter, about a legendary covert agent who starts a private agency and finds himself being hunted by his own people. There’s no writer or director yet, but if Johnson is attached, that should change quickly. Read more about The Janson Directive movie here. Read More »

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The first full Gone Girl trailer is now online. Directed by David Fincher, the film stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in the story of a perfect couple who find themselves on opposite sides of a massive mystery. When Amy (Pike) goes missing, Nick (Affleck) is accused of killing her. Nick, however, swears he’s innocent. As the story gets bigger and bigger, more clues reveal that all is not what it seems.

Co-starring Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Emily Ratajkowski, Casey Wilson, Boyd Holbrook and Scoot McNairy, it opens October 3. Check out the second Gone Girl trailer below. Read More »

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After months of investigation, criminal charges have finally been filed related to the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones while filming the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider. Jones was killed when a train traveled down the tracks upon which the Midnight Rider crew was working at the time. Now director Randall Miller and producers Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in the Wayne County, Georgia superior court. Read More »

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No one does action quite like Michael Bay. Love his movies or hate them, there’s no denying the director has an incredible eye for action and his latest movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, is the biggest one yet. The effects, the locations, the stunts, all of it suggests a budget and freedom few filmmakers would ever enjoy. Which, actually, isn’t true. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told us despite the continued success of the Transformers franchise, they aren’t given a blank check. In particular, Bay’s action scenes have to be very carefully constricted to make sure everything stays on budget.

Below, read di Bonaventura talk about how the Michael Bay action scenes in Transformers: Age of Extinction are accounted for in the budget, which is a little more backwards than you’d imagine. Read More »

4dx

The first 4DX movie theater in the United States opened in Los Angeles last weekend. Located in theater 6 at the Regal Cinemas LA Live in Downtown LA, the 104-seat theater books one first-run 3D movie at a time, and augments the showing with real-world physical effects. Those effects are the fourth dimension.

So, timed with the movie, you basically experience a theme park ride. Your seat rumbles and moves around, water squirts, there’s smoke, flashing lights, lumbar effects, gusting wind, even scents. The presentation admirably tries to bring the viewer into the movie.

Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Age of Extinction was the first film to play in the format here, so Peter Sciretta and myself were given a nearly three hour 4DX experience. This was great in that we were privy to the full slate of 4DX effects, but the film also became a tasking mental and physical exercise. Below, we present a video blog about the experience, along with a bunch of photos and a brief rundown of how Transformers: Age of Extinction translates into 4DX. Read More »

Andy Serkis

When you’ve hired a person who is the best in the world at doing something, can you actually ask him not to do it? That’s the question raised with respect to Star Wars Episode VII.  In a new interview, actor Andy Serkis spoke about the use of motion- and performance-capture in J.J. Abrams‘ sequel. He confirmed his company, The Imaginarium, would indeed be doing all the mo-cap for the film, adding “and I myself am playing a character in it.” Does that mean he’s a character in the Imaginarium’s work or just a character in the movie?

It would certainly make sense for Serkis to play a performance capture role as he’s the industry’s top performer. He helped define the new art form with his work in in The Lord of the Rings, King Kong and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. But he’s a fantastic actor with or without the computer. So what’s the deal? Read the full Andy Serkis Star Wars quote below. Read More »

The Origin Trilogy Atlantis

For every Twilight and Hunger Games, there’s a Mortal Instruments or Golden Compass. The race for the next big thing never ends and that means there are hits and misses. Studios and production companies are constantly on the lookout for intellectual properties that might break out big. The latest such acquisition is an eBook sci-fi trilogy called The Origin Trilogy, or Atlantis. CBS Films has picked up the rights to the series, written by A.G. Riddle, which follows “a brilliant geneticist and an international counterterrorism agent who must team up to thwart a global pandemic and discover the truth behind the origins of humanity.” Read More »

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