With the home theater market quickly gaining on the theatrical experience, movie studios are doing whatever they can to draw people to the theater. 3D has been the biggest change in recent years but, these days, 3D in the home can be even better than the theater. So what’s next?
Paramount has an idea that’s pretty interesting. Starting with the upcoming release of Marc Forster‘s Brad Pitt zombie movie World War Z, fans will have an opportunity to buy a “Mega Ticket” to see the film. So, instead of $12 or whatever the film costs, you pay $50 and get to see the movie in 3D two days early with a small popcorn, an HD download of the film (when it hits Blu-ray), a pair of limited World War Z 3D glasses and a full-size, limited edition poster.
Five theaters are participating in this experiment on June 19, and tickets are on sale now. Get the links and analyze the move below. Read More »
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Once the summer movie season is over, one of the first entries of the fall awards season will be Ron Howard‘s true-life sports drama Rush. Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) star as legendary Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, two men who had a bitter rivalry in the 1970s until Lauda was in a brutal accident that elevated both their mutual respect and intensity of racing.
A new behind the scenes featurette has been released that explains just why this sports rivalry was worthy of its own film with an A-List pedigree. It features some great interviews with the principals and some moody, beautiful driving footage. Check it out below. Read More »
June 24th is right around the corner. That’s the night CBS finally starts its major summer event, Under the Dome. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, the show is about a small New England town mysteriously surrounded by an impenetrable dome. Cut off from the world, the people begin to completely change their way of life. Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris, Natalie Martinez and Nicholas Strong are among the show’s stars.
With the premiere quickly approaching, some new videos about the show have come online. First up is a 2 minute, 30 second clip of the show and second is an interview with King where he talks about the adaptation. All told, there’s about 3 minutes of new footage. Great stuff to get you excited for what’s likely to be network TV’s most talked about show. Read More »
Some of the Cloud Atlas team is coming back together for another literary adaptation. Tom Hanks and Tom Tykwer are teaming up to adapt A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers. Hanks and his company Playtone will produce, and Hanks will star, while Tykwer will produce and direct. (Presumably he could do the film’s music, as well.)
The book, which the New York Times called “a globalized Death of a Salesman,” follows a struggling American businessman who attempts to mount a plan for personal and financial salvation in a Saudi Arabian city. Read More »
The first trailer for Noam Murro‘s 300 sequel, 300: Rise Of An Empire, has just been released. If you liked the look, feel and violence of Zack Snyder‘s original, you’re about to get much more of that.
Following Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) as he marches on the Persian armies of Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his right hand woman, Artemisia (Eva Green), 300: Rise Of An Empire looks big, bloody and pretty damn exciting. See for yourself below. Read More »
Jobs, the biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher, premiered at Sundance earlier this year to mixed reviews. Kutcher’s performance was surprisingly good, but the script was lacking. “Jobs is so hell-bent on cramming all these seminal moments into one film, it never builds much context around them. We never feel like they mean anything,” I wrote. “The film loves to tell us things, but never quite explains any in a satisfactory way.” Looking down the barrel of a quickly approaching Spring release with no real buzz, the distributor decided to delay the film.
Well Jobs, directed by Joshua Michael Stern, is back. Co-starring Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine, it’ll now open on August 16. Read the press release below. Read More »
Briefly: Earlier this Summer, Warner Bros. moved the 300 follow-up 300: Rise Of An Empire into March 2014. Originally scheduled for an August release date, the move was intended to give us all time to learn more about the, frankly, mysterious film and hopefully get more excited. That journey begins today with the release of a new teaser poster and the promise of a trailer on Wednesday afternoon.
Check out the full image for the Noam Murro directed film, starring Sullivan Stapleton as Greek general Themistokles in a story that parallels the original 300, below. Read More »
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For young kids harboring creative dreams in the early ’80s, or ones who wanted a little bit of control in their fiction, the Choose Your Own Adventure books were pretty great. After a minor launch in the mid-’70s they went closer to mainstream a few years later, the series featured simple genre tales with branching pathways that took characters and readers to a wide variety of endpoints. (Some of those endpoints were gleefully violent, too.)
They’re kitsch relics now, but the name still commands enough interest that Fox has bought the media rights to the series that includes over 200 books for various age groups. Read More »