By the time The Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 2 hits theaters in 2015, the franchise will be among one of the most successful in Hollywood history. So it makes sense producers have decided to honor the memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman and go the expensive route of digitally recreating the late actor for the one major scene he still had to shoot for the film. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, February 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
The exhausting back-and-forth between Bong Joon-ho and The Weinstein Company over the final U.S. / U.K. cut of Snowpiercer has finally come to an end. Bong’s acclaimed sci-fi thriller will come to the States in its full, uncut glory, just as the director had wanted. The catch? It’s now getting a limited release instead of a wide one. Hit the jump for more details on the truce.
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It began with a simple tweet. “Need For Speed will now be released in 3D.” Like that, the talk began to spread across the Internet. The Aaron Paul video game adaptation was set for release in a few mere weeks and now someone made the decision to convert the film to 3D?
Instantly the frightening associations began to films such as Clash of the Titans and The Last Airbender, which were also given last minute 3D conversions to suck a few extra dollars out of the audience. They’re post-conversion horror stories with awful visuals. But everything we’d heard about Need For Speed suggested it didn’t need such a thing. We’d heard it was, by all accounts, a fun action movie. So why the decision to convert to 3D so late in the game?
We got director Scott Waugh on the phone. As expected, the decision wasn’t as last minute it it seems. In fact, the decision to covert to 3D was made in September and the only reason we’re hearing about it now, he says, is they didn’t want to milk the 3D gimmick. Waugh wants the film to be seen as a throwback to action films of old, not a CG video game. Read his quotes below. Read More »
Last week Quentin Tarantino made headlines when he bailed on making the western The Hateful Eight after a first draft of the script leaked. The leak was originally fairly small, with copies of Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West distributed as a fake version of The Hateful Eight. But the Tarantino script soon started to pop up all over the internet, with Gawker site Defamer eventually offering a download link for anyone who wanted it.
Now Tarantino is suing Gawker Media for copyright infringement and contributory copyright infringement. Read More »
Briefly: Martin Scorsese‘s 1990 film Goodfellas has become such an integral part of popular culture, it’s easy to forget it’s based on a true story. Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta, was a real figure, and the crimes the film depicts did happen. His biggest caper, both in real life and in the film, is the 1978 Luftansha heist, in which a group of men stole $6 million from John F. Kennedy International Airport. No arrests were ever made, mostly because the man believed to be the mastermind died in jail and, as seen in the movie, others disappeared.
Earlier this week, however, five men were indicted and arrested for their involvement in the robbery, marking the first time that’s happened in the near 40 year investigation. The New York Times wrote about the arrests, which were lead by 78-year-old Vincent Asaro. The narrative is too intricate to summarize in brief, but you can read much more at that link.
How about some juicy Star Wars rumors for your weekend? These come from The Hollywood Reporter, who say much has changed with Star Wars Episode VII since original screenwriter Michael Arndt left the project last year. Reportedly Arndt wanted the film to focus on the offspring of the original trilogy characters (Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo) while director J.J. Abrams wanted Episode VII to focus on those characters, keeping the offspring in the background until Episode VIII and Episode IX.
Meanwhile, while this shake up was going on, Abrams continued to take meetings with all kinds of actors. Pretty much anyone that’s previously been reported (Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, etc.) took a meeting as well as new names Michael Fassbender, Adam Driver and Hugo Weaving. Read More »
The last few weeks haven’t been particularly kind to actor Shia LaBeouf. After releasing a subversive short film, it was revealed the short was plagiarized from the work of Daniel Clowes. That lead to an apology, which was also plagiarized, and the actor’s defenses snowballed into weirdness including a skywritten apology and plenty of arguments about the creative process as a whole.
For his next act, LaBeouf — star of the first three Transformers films and part of the upcoming Lars Von Trier film Nymphomaniac – took to Twitter to say “In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life.” Read More »
Depending on who you talk to in Hollywood, the future of the film industry is in question. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas said last year they think the machine will eventually break because of the massive budgets relied upon for major blockbusters. At the same time, filmmakers are crowdsourcing money to get their smaller, personal movies made for far less than the cost of your average summer movie. The spectrum is broad, and anything is possible.
When you’re talking about the film industry – past, present and future – it’s impossible not to mention Martin Scorsese. Not only has he made some of the best movies, but he continues to do so as he embraces new technology. He has a deeper knowledge of everything film than probably anyone.
So what does Scorsese think the future holds for cinema? He thinks it’s bright. In an open letter addressed to his daughter, The Wolf of Wall Street director points at technology and filmmakers like Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, David Fincher, Alexander Payne, the Coen Brothers, James Gray and Paul Thomas Anderson as beacons of hope. Read More »
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