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James Cameron can’t write all three Avatar sequels alone. And he especially can’t write them alone at the same time. That’s why he enlisted the help of four writersRick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman and Shane Salerno. The five of them sat in a room for five months, eight hours a day, breaking down the stories for each sequel. It wasn’t until the end of the process that Cameron finally assigned each writer (or team) a film. In that process, it seems the breakdown of who is writing which sequel was misreported in the press. In a new New York Times article, it’s been corrected. Read about the Avatar sequel writers below. Read More »

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We here at /Film love How To Train Your Dragon. In fact, our own David Chen saw it in theaters seven times. Seven. Times. So it’s been a long four years as we waited for director Dean DeBlois to show us the second chapter in his family fantasy story, based on the books by Cressida Cowell.

That day is finally here. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is now in theaters bringing us the return of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), Astrid (America Ferrara), Stoick (Gerald Butler) and, of course, Toothless. A few years have passed since the end of the first film and a lot of changed in Berk. Things will get especially different with the gang runs into a group of dragon trappers who open the doors to a wild, expansive story that’s bigger and more emotional than the first one in every way.

Below, we encourage you to talk about How to Train Your Dragon 2. What did you think? Is it better than the first one? What was the biggest surprise? Did the trailer “spoiler” ruin anything for you? Talk all about How to Train your Dragon 2 below. Read More »

Michael Bay IMAX 3D Digital Camera

Not only will Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Age of Extinction reintroduce the world to Optimus Prime and his pals, it’s the first film ever shot with a brand new camera. Bay used the IMAX 3D Digital Camera, a compact, fully-integrated dual 65mm 4K digital large-format 3D tool that allowed the director to capture massive IMAX images in native 3D.

Below, watch a featurette on the camera and read some more facts about this revolutionary piece of technology. Read More »

hercules imax 3d

Hercules isn’t just a mighty and powerful warrior, he’s one of the mightiest, most powerful warriors of all time. His legend has endured for centuries. He’s half god, for Pete’s sake. Obviously, a regular old 2D screen was never going to be enough to contain him.

So naturally, he’s getting the IMAX 3D treatment. Paramount and MGM have struck a deal with IMAX to release Brett Ratner‘s Hercules on its jumbo screens. Dwayne Johnson plays the iconic hero. Get additional details and read the full press release after the jump.

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Arnold Terminator 2

Few people like 3D more than James Cameron. The director of the two biggest films in the history of cinema has embraced it wholeheartedly in his new world of Avatar and recently converted the other smash hit, Titanic, for a 3D rerelease. But what about some of his other works, specifically, The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day?

At the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festival this past weekend, Cameron was asked that exact question. He played coy, said there weren’t any plans, but had a very well-thought out reason for why Terminator 2: Judgement Day, at least, might get a 3D conversion in the future. Read his Terminator 2 3D quote below. Read More »

The Book of Life images

Crimson Peak isn’t out until next fall, but we are getting another Guillermo del Toro treat in time for this Halloween. Fox Animation’s Book of Life, produced by del Toro and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, is just getting started on its marketing campaign, and today we have our first look at images from the movie.

Diego Luna leads the voice cast as Manolo, a young romantic who wants to pursue his passion for music, much to his family’s dismay. Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana also star, as Manolo’s childhood friends. Check out the new Book of Life images after the jump.

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glasses free 3D MIT

Ask any filmgoer about the biggest problem with 3D, and they’ll likely say the glasses. The fact that we need an extra accessory to correctly watch a movie was kitschy and fun 60 years ago, but these days it’s just cumbersome. Not to mention we have to pay extra for a more uncomfortable presentation that’s almost always darker than a normal film, and very rarely as evocative as the filmmakers envisioned.

The key development to really push 3D to another level would be the removal of those glasses. We’d love glasses-free 3D where a screen or projector displays a three-dimensional image all viewers could enjoy from different places in a room. Not a single hologram, a full framed moving image. That’s something no one has been able to solve yet, but many have attempted.

The latest attempt is from a team of researchers in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Camera Culture group at the MIT Media Lab. They’ve already created a glasses-free 3D television that uses multiple layered LCD screens to create a single 3D image, and will soon unveil a projector that does something similar. Read More »

Warcraft slate

In a few years, we’re going to look back at May 2014 as a truly amazing time in geek movie making. Right now, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars Episode VII, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Terminator 5, Jurassic World & Fantastic Four are all filming. Most of those are movies fans never in a million years thought they’d see made. To have them all shooting simultaneously is pretty remarkable.

Another film that certainly belongs on that list is Warcraft, Duncan Jones‘ adaptation of the ultra popular video game series. The difference between Warcraft and the rest though are most of those other sequels and adaptations are just starting their filming. Warcraft has now completed production after a substantial four-month shoot. It’s scheduled for release March 11, 2016, which means a mountain of post production can now begin. Read More »

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