Hobbit 3 character posters

The third and final film in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, is busting at the seams with characters. So it was inevitable that Warner Bros. would release an avalanche of posters for each and every one. They’ve finally finished.

Over the past few days, several new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies character posters have been revealed. They include Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Luke Evans as Bard, Richard Armitage as Thorin, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel and Lee Pace as Thranduil. And Tuesday, the final one was posted – a second one of Martin Freeman as Bilbo. See all of the Hobbit 3 character posters below. Read More »

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Gone Girl Editing

When the cameras turn off, a movie isn’t even close to finished. These days, post-production is just as important, if not more so, than principal photography. Yes, capturing the images and performances are absolutely crucial to a film. But figuring out the pacing, making the story cohesive, adding emotion with music, depth with effects, are what really make a movie a movie.

David Fincher‘s Gone Girl is no different. Fincher and director of photography Jeff Cronenweth captured stunning images on the Red Epic Dragon 6K camera but when that was done, the editors, led by Kirk Baxter, took over. For Gone Girl, they used a new workflow that blurred the line between digital effects and editing in a way that’s pretty new and unique. Check out a video about the Gone Girl editing and post-production below. Read More »

Lena Dunham in Girls

Between Tiny Furniture and Girls, Lena Dunham has made her name chronicling the very specific experiences of 20somethings in modern-day New York. But now she’s taking those skills to an entirely different era.

Dunahm is set to write and possibly direct Catherine, Called Birdy, an adaptation of the award-winning YA novel by Karen Cushman. The story follows a 14-year-old girl in Medieval England avoiding marriage to an unattractive suitor. Hit the jump for more details on the Lena Dunham Catherine Called Birdy movie.

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Labyrinth sequel

The Jim Henson Company is moving forward with an animated adaptation of Eva Ibbotson‘s 1979 book Which Witch?, with Billy Crystal co-writing and set to play a role. But that’s not the bit you might be excited to read about. The bit that could get your attention is that, along with that film, The Jim Henson Company is also developing a slate of films tied to properties you might be more invested in already. The big one is that a Labyrinth sequel is in development at the company.

Update: Another source says the Labyrinth sequel talk is over-inflated, and not to expect anything to come of it.

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Little House on the Prairie

Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin is heading back to the farm again, but for a very different type of story. He’s entered negotiations to direct Little House on the Prairie, taking over after David Gordon Green fell away. Hit the jump for more on the Little House on the Prairie movie.

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Fincher talks Gone Girl

David Fincher, author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn and the cast of Gone Girl have been all over the place in the past couple weeks to promote the film. They did a big panel at the New York Film Festival, and Fincher just did a Film Indepenent event in LA, and they’ve done various television press to get word out for the film. Now they’ve done a session at Cinemax for the “Max Final Cut” and the panel talk offers them the chance to talk seriously about the material and to drop some great anecdotes. There’s a very comfortable camaraderie here, which isn’t always in evidence in a full-cast interview. Read More »

Ron Howard’s ‘Inferno’ Delayed to 2016

Inferno delayed

Ron Howard just felt a Force push. Howard is prepping Inferno for an April 2015 shoot; it will be his third film based on a Dan Brown novel. Tom Hanks will once again star as Professor Robert Langdon in the adaptation of Brown’s 2013 novel. But the film was scheduled to be released in December 2015.

And while there is no doubt that an audience made up of all your parents and extended family will show up for Inferno, Sony doesn’t want to compete with Star Wars Episode VII, which is scheduled to be released on the same day Inferno was planning to hit theaters. And so Sony has wisely decided to push the film into 2016. Read More »

Maze Runner Sequel The Death Cure movie

One of the trends that I almost included in my list of 9 current movie and television trends I hate is when Hollywood decides to split the last book in a series of film adaptations in two (or in the case of The Hobbit, in three). Sure, sometimes a book is huge, like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and you would think that the only way to bring the story to the screen is to allow enough time so that its not hacked to its core. But often its more of a money grab from Hollywood (remember, its the show BUSINESS — why have one successful movie when you can squeeze it into two?), and even the case of long books (like Hallows) they end up feeling like half a story and the result is less satisfying than a movie with a full story arc.

Well Wes Ball is currently adapting The Maze Runner book series into movies, and the first film was very successful (over $200 million worldwide) and warrants a follow up. The Scorch Trials will hit theaters on September 18th 2015, with plans to hopefully complete the young-adult post-apocalyptic science fiction trilogy of books by James Dashner. Now director Wes Ball has come out publicly saying he isn’t planning to split the third book into two films. Find out the reason why The Death Cure movie adaptation will remain one film, after the jump.

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