Briefly: If you’ve looked at some message board conversations about Ridley Scott’s recent film The Counselor, you might have seen people talking about seeing test screenings of the film in which Cameron Diaz’s character had a heavy accent. Indeed, she’s scripted as being from Argentina. In the final film there is only minor evidence that her character, Malkina, is from outside the US. There’s a minor lilt in her voice, but it’s not at all what people reported hearing in early tests.
So why did her voice track change? Was it the result of serious post-production tinkering, or a ruthless edit?
In fact there was some big post-production tinkering, and according to THR it was because Fox execs thought the accent Diaz used didn’t work. In fact, they thought it sounded too much like Rihanna. (Who is from Barbados, not Argentina.) We don’t know if Diaz was directed to go for a Barbadian accent, or if that’s just how it went. There’s arguably a bit of that sound in the fully ADR-created voice track in the film now, and that’s probably all we’ll ever hear. It would probably be too much to hope for an alternate blu-ray audio track featuring the original voice takes.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
We know exactly where Superman’s indestructibility comes from, or how mild-mannerd Bruce Banner turned into a giant green rage monster. But unlike their more mainstream counterparts, Josh Trank‘s Chronicle didn’t spend a whole lot of time dwelling on how, exactly, the boys got their powers. The film seemed far less interested in the sci-fi mechanics of their abilities than in what the guys did with them once they had them.
All of which is a rambly way to say that it never really even occurred to me to wonder just what happened to those kids that fateful night. But if you’re curious, screenwriter Max Landis does have an explanation, and you can read it after the jump — along with a little more information about his Chronicle sequel that never was. (Spoilers follow.)
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Thursday brought some very interesting, official news on the Star Wars front, but it’s far from all that’s out there. In this edition of Star Wars Bits we’ve got even more official information – mostly about books – and some cool non-official stuff too. After the jump, read about the following.
- A new article details script issues that happened on The Empire Strikes Back similar to what’s now happening on Star Wars Episode VII.
- Learn about the eBook enhanced versions of J.W. Rinzler‘s Making of Star Wars books.
- Watch trailers for Star Wars: Frames and Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter’s Code.
- Check out the latest Return of the Jedi poster by Acme Archives.
- A 7 foot Star Wars fans fights for a chance to audition for Episode VII.
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Imagine this: a sequel to Dr. Strangelove called Son of Strangelove, conceived by Stanley Kubrick, scripted by original Strangelove screenwriter Terry Southern, and directed by Terry Gilliam. That’s a pipe dream that might have been a reality, according to Gilliam.
The director, now doing interviews for his new film The Zero Theorem, says that he only heard of this notion after Kubrick died, but the story he relates lines up with some details we know about the actual development of a sequel idea. Read More »
Think you’re a big fan of Breaking Bad? Jeffrey Katzenberg has you beat. The current CEO of DreamWorks Animation, who also helped Disney return to animated glory in the Nineties, reportedly offered $75 million to the show’s creators for three more episodes of the hit TV show. He wanted to release additional episodes, in segments, online over the course of a month and make people pay for each one. This was, however, before he knew the ending of the series. Read More »
UPDATE: It’s actually just a coincidence.
Briefly: Now that Iron Man 3 is on DVD, the real fun begins. And by “fun” I mean hyper over-analyzation of scenes, and supercuts of the film’s footage flooding YouTube. One small but curious example of over-analyzation popped online over the weekend. ScreenCrush noticed what could possibly be a Punisher, or maybe Crossbones easter egg in the film. Check it out below. Read More »
Many people forget that current effort are the second time Warner Bros. has tried to make a unified, DC universe on film. In 2007, before even the Marvel Cinematic Universe began with Iron Man, a Justice League movie was in the works. George Miller (Mad Max, Happy Feet) was set to direct the film, written by Kieran and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). Armie Hammer was cast as Batman, D.J. Cotrona was Superman, Adam Brody was The Flash, and Megan Gale was Wonder Woman. However, as the budget continued to balloon, the film was shelved. Then Christopher Nolan released The Dark Knight, Marvel released Iron Man, and this film became a distant memory.
Now, DC is back at it again with Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman, and possibly The Flash and Wonder Woman leading to another Justice League movie. David Goyer is a good bet to be writing a new Justice League, but for an idea of the movie we almost saw, the script for the 2007 Justice League has now come online. Read More »
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Even Quentin Tarantino will tell you his taste in movies is far from in line with any one person. Much like his movies, Tarantino has a very unique and personal sensibility, which is part of the reason why his movies are so unique. The Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained director recently put those tastes on display by revealing his ten favorite movies of 2013 (so far). Some are expected: Gravity, This is the End, and Before Midnight. But there are some very curious entries. One in particular, in fact: Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger. Read More »