Oscar-campaigning is in full swing and one race many of us are keeping an eye on is Best Supporting Actor. The reason for the scrutiny on that particular category is that 20th Century Fox is pushing for a precedent setting performance capture nomination for Andy Serkis in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Serkis, who also worked with the technology in Lord of the Rings, King Kong and the upcoming The Adventures of Tintin and The Hobbit, is absolutely brilliant as Caesar, but you never see him on screen. Even so, the whole film hinges on his non-verbal performance. Building the film around him obviously worked, as Rise of the Planet of the Apes grossed almost $500 million world wide.
Ads are now popping up all over trade magazines and websites that state “The Time is Now” for the Oscars to recognize performance capture with a photo of Serkis’ face and that of the CGI Caesar. Do you agree? Check out the add after the jump. Read More »
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Oscar-winning director Andrew Stanton took to his Twitter page to post a photo marking picture lock on John Carter, the huge Disney epic he’s been working on for several years, scheduled for release on March 9. His exact tweet read “Picture on ‘Carter is finally, officially, gloriously LOCKED! Cheers!” followed by a perfect photo. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
This gets filed not under ‘new stuff’ but under ‘whoa, awesome stuff!’
Those who know their Godfather history have heard of the super-notated novel and script copies that Francis Ford Coppola employed to make the film. (The same sort of highly-notated scripts that a great many directors use, of course.) You may have seen images of the detailed pages in a documentary about the film here and there. But here’s a huge scan of one page from Mario Puzo‘s novel, complete with a great many notes by the director. If you’re looking for insight into how someone turns one piece of work into something as enduring as The Godfather, this isn’t a bad place to start. Read More »
EpixHD tweeted out this photo of William Shatner, who played Captain James T Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series taking on Chris Pine, who plays Kirk in the JJ Abrams‘ Star Trek reboot, in an arm wrestling match. It doesn’t get more awesomely geekier than that does it? At first I thought the photo must be a fan photoshop, but after doing a little bit of research, I found that the moment is actually part of a documentary that will be airing on Epix.More details after the jump.
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The cast of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory reunited on the Today Show to celebrate the film’s upcoming 40-year anniversary. Most of the main cast members were in attendance, minus Gene Wilder and the late Jack Albertson). See the video and side-by-side photo comparisons of all the actors after the jump.
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How can we not share this photo? Ian McKellen dropped this image onto Flickr last night and says, “The Hobbit is being filmed in 3D. Even wizards have to wear the glasses. Snapped by Peter Jackson in Wellington, 2011.”
More to the point, this is our first look at the new/old Gandalf as Ian McKellen returns to the role for the two Hobbit films. There is no surprise here — it’s Gandalf — but I’m happy to see him back in makeup and hair. Lots of hair. We’re really waiting to get a look at some of the truly new cast in character as various denizens of Middle-Earth, but this is a fun shot regardless. I don’t suppose he was actually watching an early New Zealand screening of Priest, hence the suspicious look?
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These days, a big percentage of the movies that we cover could be considered science fiction. Sure, there are different off-shoots of that, alternate subcategories and maybe a bit of stretching, but everything from obvious ones like Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey to less obvious ones like A Clockwork Orange or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind all have their roots in sci-fi.
So where did those roots come from? How did science fiction as a whole come to be? When did science blend with fiction and through what steps did that take over the centuries to create a show like Lost or the movies mentioned above? It seems like an impossible thing to figure out but a web-user nicknamed ninebelow has tried. They came up with an awesome visual representation of the history of science fiction, going from its most basic roots in the emotions of fear and wonder, and tracing it through the history of science and art, coming up with the great films, television and novels we enjoy today. Check it out after the break. Read More »
Update: It has been confirmed that the art was not done by Banksy. Original story follows.
Everyone was excited to see what shenanigans would occur if Banksy‘s documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop had won the Oscar. Alas, that sadly did not happen. The infamous street artist has been surprisingly quiet since the Academy Awards, after dropping a bunch of street art around Los Angeles in the weeks leading up to the Oscars. But today the artist might have finally posted a response to the Oscars. The piece appears not in Los Angeles or Hollywood, but back in Banksy’s backyard — Weston, UK.
The piece seems to present an “I don’t need your stupid Oscar anyways” type attitude with imagery that insists that the award isn’t much more than a kid’s toy — but that is only my interpretation. The painting is also in reference to 15-month old Lara, who dropped and damaged her father The King’s Speech co-producer Simon Egan’s Oscar statue. If you havent seen that video yet, watch it after the jump. We’ve also included a close-up shot of what others are reporting to be Banksy’s latest.
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