Here’s the latest behind the scenes video chronicling the production of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. By this point we’ve seen quite a lot of footage from the film — enough for someone to cut together nearly eight minutes worth of the story — and no small amount of behind the scenes stuff.
This video focuses on post-production, which is appropriate as the New Zealand premiere of the film is only days away, on Wednesday November 28. And the movie hits the States on December 14, which isn’t that far off at all. Peter Jackson is back in his “I really need a nap mode,” as is just about everyone else shown in the video. After seeing the huge scope of the production in past blogs, it’s pretty fun to see the little tiny editing room where Jackson and his editor are assembling the film. This also gives a new glimpse at quite a few new effects shots that we haven’t seen in the past, as well as a look at the pipeline for the creation of the film’s last effects. Read More »
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Why should Cloud Atlas be the only Warner Bros. film to get a giant-sized trailer? Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, as the first of an unexpected trilogy of films adapting J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novel The Hobbit, is the beginning of what might be a mini-epic from the director. As such, it deserves a long trailer.
Warner Bros. hasn’t provided one, but that doesn’t have to be a problem. A fan edited all the currently available footage from trailers, featurettes, and TV spots into one long eight-minute look at the movie. And this edit plays in running order, so this is something like a miniature version of the movie, based on what is available at the moment. Read More »
A new four-minute video meant to sell Jose Padilha‘s remake of RoboCop to licensing and promotions companies might just end up selling you on the film, too. It features a ton of concept art from the film, including huge battles with multiple OmniCorp products and explains how the suit will evolve from the silver one similar to the original film to the black one that’s been a hot topic since images of it leaked online some weeks ago.
Check out the video after the jump.
[EDIT: The video has been removed, but we still have a rundown of what it entails below]
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The Bond films have a rich tradition of elaborate opening credits sequence featuring ever-more complex blends of animation, graphics, and film footage. For Skyfall, director Sam Mendes went to Daniel Kleinman, who created a long credits sequence featuring a procession of underwater images, shadow combat, and, naturally, women.
Kleinman has been with Bond since Goldeneye, with the exception of Quantum of Solace, which went to a different design house, MK 12. Here Kleinman does a great job underscoring the simplicity of the movie that follows, melding his own notions and the thematic underpinnings of Skyfall with some of the ideas original Bond title designer Maurice Binder established for the series.
Revisit the Skyfall credits — without any actual credits overlaid — below. Read More »
There was no small amount of derision fired towards the RoboCop remake directed by Jose Padilha for the suit design sported by the main character, played by Joel Kinnaman. The assumption was that he was going to wear that suit throughout most of the film — after all, in Paul Verhoeven’s original movie, the character didn’t get new armor every ten minutes, so we’ve assumed a similar approach this time.
That might be wrong.
An image posted to Instagram today shows a suit that the photographer says is the suit the character will wear through “the whole film.” It’s better than the last, if a bit Ultron-like. Check out the image and some possibly spoilerish info below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
MGM’s been trying to remake Poltergeist for years now, but the project suddenly became much more interesting last summer when David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) was tapped to pen the script. While the picture is still in the early stages, with no director or stars signed on as of yet, the writer reassured Collider that it is “definitely a priority” for the studio and that it’s continuing to move forward:
I will say that I handed in a second draft and people are incredibly excited about it. They’re not the director, but they’re in search of a director. I will also say that there are very few people who are as obsessed with the original movie as I am, so I would try to write a script that I would want to see as a fan. I will say that.
The big question with any remake is what will change, and what won’t. Despite the current popularity of hard-R horror films, Lindsay-Abaire says his version will retain the original’s more family-friendly feel. “It’s tonally similar to the first movie, and that’s sort of family-friendly-esque with some real, genuine scares in it,” he said. “It’s not Saw if that’s what you’re asking. I’m not trying to turn it into something else.”
After the jump, check out a new viral image from another horror remake, and read about HBO’s plans for an English-language version of a French drama set in a brothel.
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Part way into the new James Bond film, Skyfall, 007 is led to a deserted island, wherein waits the film’s villain, Silva. But this isn’t your typical deserted island — it’s no sandy outcrop with a couple palm trees and a few buried, empty bottles of rum. No, this is a portrait of urban blight in miniature, a place where everyone’s luck ran out, but the city-like structures they built still stand.
And it’s a real place. Or, at least, it is based on a real place. The island in the film gets its own fictional backstory, but the look of the place is based in great detail on an island called Hashima, on which thrived a tiny but densely populated company mining town. Abandoned in the ’70s, Hashima stands now as one of the strangest ghost towns on Earth. Read More »
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Peter Jackson has closed each of his Middle-Earth films with a fairly memorable song, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey features a tune from Neil Finn. The singer/songwriter is a founding member of the New Zealand band Crowded House, and his tune, ‘Song of the Lonely Mountain,’ is a take on the Dwarven tune we’ve already heard bits of in the Hobbit trailer. Read More »