Big-screen filmmakers are regularly hired to film 30 and 60 second television commercials, and many of the bigger spots premiere during the NFL’s annual mega event, the Super Bowl. So which of the commercials shown during the big game were directed by movie directors? Which commercials were helmed by the directors of such films as The Bourne Identity, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Thing, Little Miss Sunshine, Maleficent, and Nightmare on Elm Street? Which TV spots were directed by the cinematographers behind The Dark Knight trilogy and Lost in Translation, and the two-time Academy Award winning production designer responsible for creating the worlds of James Cameron’s Avatar and Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland? As with previous years, we’ve compiled a list for you to enjoy. Find out the 2015 Super Bowl Commercials directors after the jump.
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Edge of Tomorrow wasn’t the spectacular financial success it might have been, but it was a damn good movie. And so Tom Cruise, who of late has frequently done multiple projects with writers and directors he likes, is setting up an Edge of Tomorrow reunion with director Doug Liman. Their new project is set in the 1980s and is a “drug thriller” called Mena. Read More »
We’re accustomed to thinking that any given sci-fi film is going to be mostly CG, perhaps thanks to the legacy left by the Star Wars prequels and many films that followed. But some still use a great deal of practical makeup and effects work. James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is one good example. The under-seen Edge of Tomorrow, from Doug Liman, is another. In the behind the scenes footage below you’ll see how Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt wore their bulky power suits during shooting, and how they threw themselves around the sets to create the film’s impressive battle sequences. Watching these Edge of Tomorrow practical effects is captivating enough that I’d love to see a cut of the film with all digital work removed. Read More »
Edge of Tomorrow, directed by Doug Liman and starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, is a terrific summer movie. It leaps off from a seemingly derivative premise (Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers) to create excellent action sequences and a couple of solid characters. The script is surprisingly restrained, the alien enemies are unusual and memorable, and the whole film is funny — a lot more funny than the stern ad campaign let on.
A new set of concept art — well, an old set of art newly released to the public — doesn’t give much of a hint to the film’s sense of humor, but it does show off the evolution of the story’s aliens and tech designs. There are some great shots here of the flailing, lightning-quick Mimic aliens. And there are a few of the human soldiers tasked with preventing them from taking Earth as their new playground. While you may have seen the film’s powered exoskeletons in trailers and posters, you can now see how one early design might have transformed some of the human armor into something like the Batpod (above). See much more art below. Read More »
There is so much to like about Doug Liman‘s Edge of Tomorrow. An adaptation of the Hiroshi Sakurazaka novel All You Need Is Kill, the film takes sci-fi elements from The Matrix, Aliens, Starship Troopers, manga and more, and wraps them all up in a rewarding time travel conceit right out of Groundhog Day. Next, it builds upon that construct in a way we’ve never seen, managing to entertain with humor, action and suspense. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt both bring a grounded, confident charisma to their roles. and Liman’s direction mixes the biggest scope imaginable with beautiful, quiet, intimate moments. The film is almost amazing.
However, a few small but distracting issues – mostly derived from the script by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez and John-Henry Butterworth – hold the film back from reaching its full potential. Still, even with those problems, Edge of Tomorrow delivers on its promise of a memorable, exciting and emotional sci-fi action film. Read More »
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Doug Liman came on board Ubisoft’s film production efforts when he signed to direct Splinter Cell earlier this year. Actor Tom Hardy is set to star in the film as black ops agent Sam Fisher, and is producing the film as well. Obviously, while Michael Ironside voiced most game incarnations of the character, Ubi is going a bit younger for the screen incarnation.
That has led to questions. Will this be the same character, seen prior to many of the in-game adventures, effectively making this a prequel story? Or is it a simple situation in which details necessarily change as part of the adaptation process? Liman hasn’t talked much about the adaptation, but in a new interview does say that everything about the big-screen Splinter Cell “will be younger.” Read More »
Posted on Monday, May 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
In last year’s Oblivion, Tom Cruise wandered around a post-apocalyptic Earth that had been destroyed by battle with hostile alien forces. In this year’s Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise will be trying to stop hostile alien forces from destroying Earth in the first place — by destroying himself, again and again.
Which all sounds very grim for the character, but by all accounts Edge of Tomorrow has a sharper sense of humor than you’d expect. The action apparently isn’t too shabby either. Check out four new Edge of Tomorrow clips after the jump.
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Doug Liman directed Edge of Tomorrow for Warner Bros., and the studio is evidently happy with the film. How do we know? Because WB has just set Liman to direct an adaptation of a forthcoming young adult sci-fi tale, the new Philip Reeve book Railhead. The book won’t be out for a while, but it sounds like a big adventure with a cast of humans and aliens scattered across stretches of space. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 31st, 2014 by Angie Han
The Splinter Cell movie took a big leap forward earlier this month when Doug Liman signed on to direct, and now it’s taking another. Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air) has been tapped to write a new draft of the screenplay, taking over for Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle). Tom Hardy is still set for the lead role.
Get all the latest updates on the project after the jump. Read More »