Warner Bros is opening their biggest movie of the year this week, which opens the door to start promoting the second biggest. The first trailer for Peter Jackson‘s second Hobbit film, The Desolation of Smaug, will be online this week and in theaters with Man of Steel this weekend. It should provide our first glimpse at the continuing adventures of Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin and the rest of the dwarves as they venture to the Lonely Mountain to confront the dragon, Smaug.
Ahead of that, Jackson updated his Facebook with the first teaser poster. Echoing the teaser poster for the second Lord of the Rings film, The Two Towers, we see the intimidating visage of the Lonely Mountain with just a hint at the evil within. Read More »
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The opportunity to see an all-time classic on the big screen should be taken whenever possible. Ideally, this happens at a repertory house where the original content and quality of the film is preserved, and sometimes (though less and less as 35mm gives way to DCP) even the format is the same. On special occasions, though, a film is so grand and adored it gets not only a big time restoration, but major release as well. Titanic comes to mind. Jurassic Park. And now, The Wizard of Oz can be added to the list.
The 1939 classic celebrates its 75 anniversary in 2014 and leading up to that, Warner Bros. is releasing both a 3D Blu-ray super set on October 1 and a restored, 3D IMAX edition in theaters September 1. Read More »
This week Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures have been releasing first look photos of the redesigned vehicle modes for the Autobot characters in Transformers 4. You can see those photos here, here and here. Today Bay posted the first photo of Hound, the first generation autobot scout. Check out the photo after the jump.
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After seeing the film this summer, Pacific Rim viewers might clamor for a theme park attraction replicating some of the film’s action. Based on what director Guillermo del Toro has to say while describing the production process in a new featurette, it seems like all a park would need to do is import the giant set that depicted the Jaeger head and control module.
The main set was four stories high, rigged to shake and vibrate, equipped to assault the actors with water and physical resistance, and able to drop fifteen feet very rapidly, in order to simulate one action in the film. “Every film needs to have a portion of analog practical effects to really convey the sense of physical reality,” the director says, and this video shows that the production didn’t skimp when the time came to build sets for Pacific Rim. He describes the set as “a torture machine.” That translates to “holy crap, this looks like a hell of a ride.” Read More »
When Louis Leterrier‘s Clash of the Titans hit theaters in 2010, it was marred by a relatively early attempt at post-converted 3D. The effect was bad, with the sense of depth inconsistent from shot to shot, and some stereoscopic effects that mocked the actors by poorly sculpting their faces in three dimensions. Cranked out to take advantage of the post-Avatar 3D boom, the conversion was a gimmick and nothing else.
Leterrier couldn’t say much about it at the time, because he was in the middle of the Warner Bros. machine that created the movie, and that put the conversion into action. Now, a few years removed, and with a different movie to promote (from a different company) the director is opening up about his take on the post-conversion. In short: it sucks. Read More »
While on the Sydney set of The Wolverine we got an opportunity to sit down and interview the film’s producer/star Hugh Jackman. After the jump you can read a transcript of our roundtable interview (conducted alongside two other online journalists).
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Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
I hope you’re excited for Human Centipede III, because shooting in LA has already begun. Also after the jump:
- Will Forte is working on MacGruber 2 this summer
- Could the Fast Five vault heist happen in real life? (No.)
- Charlie Sheen returns to his Latino roots for Machete Kills
- Glenn Morshower won’t be in Transformers 4, but you could be
- Rumor has it Sharon Stone wants a Basic Instinct 3
- J.J. Abrams hasn’t ruled out a third Star Trek
- Hatchet III and The Smurfs 2 get new posters
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I’m really trying not to get too hopeful about Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim. In a visual sense, footage we’ve seen from the movie looks leaps and bounds beyond what we usually get from CG-heavy films. The lighting, color, and detail are all staggering. It’s gorgeous stuff. I have no idea if it will work as a piece of storytelling, but I’m eager to give it a chance.
While we wait for that opening (on July 12) here’s some more eye-candy to devour. The “drift space” featurette explains the piloting system for the film’s giant robots. In doing so, it also gets across some of the “human interest” angle that the movie will feature, as the dual-pilot system requires what is essentially a fusion of two individuals. The pilots don’t just share a vehicle; they share memories, secrets, and emotions. How will this play into the action in the film? Your guess is as good as mine at this point, but the info below will give you some ideas.
There’s also a TV spot that has some bits of new footage. Read More »
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