Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: The Back to the Future-inspired Nike MAG sneakers are now available on nikemag.ebay.com. The sneakers are being released in a limited edition and auctioned to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation. After the jump you can watch a commercial for the promotion directed by Back to the Future series producer (and second unit director) Frank Marshall and starring Bill Hader and Kevin Durant. I wish I could get my hands on a pair of these sneakers, but the auctions have already ballooned into the thousands within the first few minutes.

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Frank Marshall to Direct ‘Covert One’?

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Robert Ludlum didn’t entirely write the Covert One series of books; before his death, he co-wrote some and merely ‘oversaw’ or produced others. But his name’s on there anyway, which makes them just that bit easier to sell to audiences who wouldn’t mind seeing another Bourne film.

So get ready for a Covert One movie, which will potentially feature “a top-secret team of political and technical experts who fight corruption and conspiracy at the highest and most dangerous levels of society.” Read More »

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If you’ve seen the hideous monstrosity that is Clash of the Titans, replete with its horrendous and eye-torturing attempts at 3D imagery, you probably don’t have much love at all for post-production dimensionalisation. I’ve seen the online reaction to two upconvert projects that have been announced in just the last 24 hours, Michel Gondry‘s Green Hornet film and M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Last Airbender, and it wasn’t pretty.

Now, though, key creative personal on each movie have issued statements to the effect that these films were actually planned and possibly even shot for 3D, though don’t confuse that for them actually being shot in 3D. I’ll give you the quotes after the break, so you can judge for yourself if we’re being told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

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The Last Airbender is Also Being Converted into 3D

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Deadline has learned that Paramount Pictures is jumping on the post-conversion 3D scam bandwaggon with M. Night Shyamalan-directed The Last Airbender. I had a feeling this was coming as producer Frank Marshall filed the following tweets earlier this month:

Looking at 3-D test… Looking at 3-D for various projects, I think it’s here to stay, but not right for all movies… So far, feels like it’s better to shoot in 3-D rather than convert….

Looking at other 3-D companies today, maybe even 3-D TV?

After several 3-D tests, I believe you can do a good conversion. Key is don’t treat it as a technical process, but involve the filmmakers.

So it appears that Marshall, Paramount and Shyamalan were able to find a company that could turn a better product that the Clash of the Titans conversion, which yes, was awful.  As Flemming notes, Shyamalan is also notoriously “particular about his movies, so he must be sold on the conversion process.” Apparently they are using Stereo D, the company that worked on James Cameron’s Avatar.

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Iron Man 2

Here are a few quick bits of news involving the completion of Iron Man 2, when will we see the next trailer and hear James Newton Howard‘s score for The Last Airbender and new casting/production details of xXx 3D: The Return of Xander Cage.

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New Airbender Banners and Trailer News

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Throw what you want, it won’t stick anyway – I’m really looking forward to M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Last Airbender. It seems to me that he’s got just the skills, story instincts and appropriate technical discipline to pull off a film of this type.

Yahoo have unveiled two banners for the film, one showcasing the fire nation and Dev Patel‘s villainous prince Zuko, the other Noah Ringer as the air nation’s Aang, our hero. See them in full below the break.

Meanwhile, over on Twitter, the film’s producer Frank Marshall has today spilled a couple of details on the trailer, perhaps to assuage fears of a heavy air-vs-fire bias.

The AIRBENDER trailer will be about 2 minutes long…

The AIRBENDER trailer will feature all the main characters…

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The Buzz: Filmmakers React to Avatar

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James Cameron‘s Avatar has been unleashed upon this world. We’ve run reviews from half of the /Film staff: David ChenBrendon Connelly, Russ Fischer, and Hunter Stephenson. You might have even added your own mini-review. But you might be wondering, with all the talk of game-changing advances in the tech side of filmmaking, what do the writers and directors in Hollywood think of Avatar? Here is a round-up of quotes:

Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer: “Went to a special screening of Avatar last night where James Cameron did a Q&A after the film. I can’t tell you how much I loved the movie, or how clearly Cameron cemented himself as the world’s greatest living filmmaker. This is an incredible movie. I recommend seeing it in IMAX. So next level. So awesome. Avatar is a game changer. James Cameron wins.”

Back to the Future, Indiana Jones and Bourne series Producer Frank Marshall: “Wow!!! AVATAR is audacious and awe inspiring. It’s truly extraordinary and I would really need a blog to talk about it…”

Donnie Darko/The Box director Richard Kelly: “AVATAR was amazing. Lived up to all the hype – now must see in IMAX…”

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The Last Airbender Trailer Delayed Until February

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A lot of Airbender fans were hoping to see a new trailer for M Night Shymalan‘s live-action adaptation of the American-anime The Last Airbender this Christmas, but it isn’t going to happen after all. Producer Frank Marshall mentioned on Twitter that “Not enough” visual effects shots from ILM are finished, which means that the next trailer for Last Airbender will have to wait. So when can we expect a new trailer? Marshall says February. If so, my best guess is that we’ll be seeing the first full length trailer on February 12th, attached to Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.

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