Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
Had everything gone according to plan, we’d be taking breaks from our Daredevil binges this weekend to bask in the radiant loveliness of The Little Prince, Mark Osbourne‘s animated adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s classic. But with just days to go before the March 18 theatrical release date, Paramount Pictures dropped The Little Prince from its slate for still-mysterious reasons.
Fortunately, in what’s become a familiar pattern for cast-off shows and movies, Netflix has come charging in on its white horse to save the day. The company has scooped up domestic distribution rights for the animated fantasy, which first premiered at Cannes last year. Read More »
I can’t believe we’re only four months away from a new Ghostbusters movie and we’re just now getting the first trailer. Paul Feig‘s female-led reboot of Ivan Reitman‘s popular ’80s classic Ghostbusters will hit theaters on July 15th 2016, and Sony’s Columbia Pictures has just released the first Ghostbusters trailer online. Hit the jump to watch the trailer now, and please let us know what you think.
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When Disney purchased Lucasfilm, not only did they buy Star Wars but all of the other George Lucas-owned subsidies. And that of course included Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), the legendary visual effects house that began with Star Wars. So its not a surprise to learn that Walt Disney Imagineering is working with ILM on rides and experience, which may very well include the upcoming Star Wars Lands announced for Orlando and Anaheim theme parks.
A new report from CES seems to suggest that one of the new Star Wars Land rides will be a “boat ride” like the Walt Disney classic Pirates of the Caribbean. Could it be for Star Wars Land? Find out what was revealed, after the jump.
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On December 11th, 2014, I visited a soundstage in downtown Los Angeles where director Jon Favreau was shooting his adaptation of The Jungle Book. As you may have noticed, Disney has begun to do a big rollout of the film, and we’ve been given the go-ahead to share something from our set visit. What I saw on set was amazing, but the studio has asked us not to talk about the technological process behind the film’s creation at this time (that will come later). So instead I present to you some of the methodology behind the adaptation.
I’ve always been a fan of Jon Favreau‘s work for the long haul, from his performances as an actor, to his more indie features like Made and Chef, and of course his larger, more accessible films like Elf and Iron Man. But when it was announced that Favreau was going to direct an adaptation of The Jungle Book, I was a little confused. It didn’t seem to fit in with his tastes. So I was interested to find out: Why did Jon Favreau want to make The Jungle Book? His answer is rooted in the power and emotion of mythic storytelling, and, among other things, Star Wars.
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Back in the summer of 2014, director James Cameron teased that we might get to see Terminator 2: Judgment Day get converted to 3D, just like the theatrical re-release of the director’s Titanic a few years ago. And while there were no solid plans to make it happen at the time, now Terminator 2 3D is becoming a reality, and it will hit theaters in 2016. Get the details below! Read More »
The first teaser trailer for Star Trek Beyond hit the internet yesterday, exciting a lot of people but also pissing off some long-time Trekkies. The complaint is that the movie presented didn’t feel like a Star Trek movie, but instead a modern in-your-face blockbuster. But if you ask director Justin Lin, he’ll quickly remind you it’s just a minute and a half of the movie.
After the jump I present to you excerpts from my hourlong roundtable conversation with Justin Lin, in which he responds to fan criticisms, talks about his personal relationship to Star Trek, the origins of the film’s title, the music choice, the inspiration of the original TV series, what he gave up to direct Trek, his idea for the film, whether it will continue plot lines from Into Darkness, the screenwriting credits, working on a Trek movie with a producer who is directing Star Wars, whether he plans to return to do another Trek movie, and much more.
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The world premiere of JJ Abrams‘ Star Wars: The Force Awakens happened last night in Hollywood California at an unprecedented gala that took over the three big theaters on Hollywood Blvd: El Capitan, The Dolby Theatre and The TCL Chinese Theatre. While full on reviews are embargoed until Wednesday morning at 12:01am, guests in attendance at the premiere were allowed to tweet their brief reactions. After the jump you can find the first First Awakens reactions from the premiere screening.
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The awakening is coming, can you feel it? We are now 7 days away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Here is a look at what we’ll be talking about in today’s Force Awakens Bits:
- A look inside the Star Wars writers room.
- J.J. Abrams and Daisy Ridley on whether you should see the film in 3D, 2D or IMAX.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already been shortlisted for an Oscar.
- Harrison Ford says Han Solo’s lines in The Force Awakens trailers aren’t what they seem.
- In India, Force Awakens could be upstaged by Bollywood holdovers.
- Learn about Harrison Ford‘s contributions to the script.
- NASA says BB-8 isn’t well designed.
- Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy explains George Lucas‘ involvement with Force Awakens and the future of Star Wars.
All that and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace!
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Last month I had the opportunity to visit Pixar Animation Studios and preview the company’s next film The Good Dinosaur. You can read what I learned about the making of The Good Dinosaur here and read my interview with director Peter Sohn. While at Pixar, I had that opportunity to sit down with some of the other creatives behind the film, here is my interview with Denise Ream, who has an interesting story as she started out as a Visual Effects Producer at ILM working on films like Star Wars, Men In Black, Harry Potter and Mission Impossible movies before jumping across the bay to Pixar where she worked on Up, Cars 2, Brave, The Good Dinosaur and the upcoming sequel Cars 3.
Hit the jump to learn about how she went from Star Wars to Pixar, what its like to be on a project that loses a director and gets completely reworked, the choice of making the characters cartoony against a almost photo real backdrop, the daunting quest to find voice actors for this film, and how do you hide a Pizza Planet truck in a Dinosaur movie? All this and more in our Denise Ream interview, which you can read now after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, October 16th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
You may know it as Mafia or you may know it as Werewolf, but chances are strong that you’ve played it. It’s one of the simplest and best known card games ever created. A group of people play as the citizens of a city. Most players are innocent bystanders. A few randomly selected players are villains out to kill off the good guys. These bad guys know who each other are, but the good guys know nothing. It’s a classic game of bluffing and mistrust and a great way to add flavor to a social gathering.
And it is now the inspiration for a not-inexpensive Russian science fiction action movie. Yes, not only has someone decided that adapting this simple game of social deduction into a movie was a good idea, but they’ve decided that it should look like Blade Runner, The Running Man, and Tron got tossed in a paint mixer. This is somehow crazier than Monopoly being transformed into a Goonies-esque family adventure. The creative minds behind Mafia had to take at least a dozen absurd left turns and leaps of judgment to arrive here. This movie sounds like a crazy joke. How does this exist? Who made it? What is man? Why are we here? Is there a God?
Prepare to have your brain boiled by the Mafia trailer, which you can watch after the jump.
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