As more filmmakers begin to follow the lead of Christopher Nolan and Brad Bird, with sequences in their action films shot on native IMAX stock, the question becomes: how best to use the extra detail and open frame that IMAX provides? Bird, for example, did a spectacular job with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, by using IMAX to convey the scale and imposing height of the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai. Nolan’s use of IMAX in the latter two Dark Knight films put audiences right in the middle of thrilling setpieces.
We know that scenes for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have been shot in native IMAX, and now actor Josh Hutcherson specifies some of what we’ll see. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
Robert Rodriguez‘s Machete has gotten himself into some hairy situations and lived to tell the tale, but now a lawsuit could shut him down for good. Also after the jump:
- No, Mike Myers has not written Wayne’s World 3
- Paranormal Activity 5 gets a fall 2013 release date
- Josh Hutcherson confirms his return for Journey 3
- See a goateed Mirror Spock from IDW’s Star Trek comics
- The sequel to Bong Joon-ho’s The Host reveals footage
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A teaser trailer for next year’s sequel to The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, should be out soon. To hold us over, we’ve got a teaser logo. Fans unlocked the dynamic Flash image on Facebook and it’s pretty cool looking. (Some may have seen this playing before the most recent Twilight film, starting this past weekend.)
The film, directed by Francis Lawrence, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland and Woody Harrelson, opens November 22, 2013. They be joined by Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lynn Cohen, Alan Ritchson, Sam Claflin and Jeffrey Wright. Check out the logo below. Read More »
Following on the heels of a bunch of character images, here’s the first full trailer for Blue Sky Studios’ Epic, directed by Chris Wedge (Ice Age, Robots) and featuring the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, and Aziz Ansari (in what seems to be essentially a parralel of Eddie Murphy’s gig in Shrek). Seyfried voices a girl who is pulled into a tiny forest battle between Leafmen and their enemies; naturally there’s a handsome little leaf dude (Hutcherson), a weird sidekick (Ansari) and a bunch of eye-candy creature-fairy-things.
Much like the Ice Age series from Blue Sky Studios, this is a beautifully-animated piece of work that looks like it will have more appeal for kids than big crossover success in the vein of Pixar.
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Posted on Monday, November 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
The first teaser trailer for Blue Sky’s CG-animated Epic was wonderful at showing off its fantastical forest setting, but not so much at introducing us to the characters. We heard more of Snow Patrol’s “The Lightning Strike” than we did dialogue from the cast, despite a star-studded lineup including Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz, Colin Farrell, Beyonce Knowles, Jason Sudeikis, Aziz Ansari, and Chris O’Dowd.
But now a fresh batch of images have cropped up to show us who’s who in the picture, and what they’re all doing there. Hit the jump to see images of Hutcherson and Farrell’s miniature Leafmen warriors, Knowles’ Mother Nature incarnate, Waltz’s villainous force of decay, Ansari’s rather Tom Haverford-esque slug, and more.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
We’ve got some odds and ends from Sequel-Land after the jump:
- Warner Bros. is seeking writers for Contagion 2
- Will Black Dynamite 2 be like Blazing Saddles?
- Ian McKellan almost declined to do The Hobbit
- See new photos from Catching Fire‘s Georgia set
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Whether or not you like the original Red Dawn, a product of Walter Sobchak inspiration and notable Hollywood conservative John Milius, it at least has a specific ideology beyond the basic concept of “blow shit up real good.” (Part of that ideology is a strong anti-gun control sentiment, as invading forces use firearm purchase records to find potential resistance, and of course the Wolverines triumph in part because they have weapons.)
Looking at the first trailer for the remake, which was shot a couple years ago but shelved in part because of MGM’s once-dire financial situation, I can’t tell if this wants to be anything but a crass commercial enterprise that trades on patriotism (an argument levied at the original, to be fair) or a subversive comedy masquerading as action movie.
Whatever this Red Dawn is, it features Chris Hemsworth in his pre-Thor days, as well as Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise (the younger Cruise, if you’re wondering), and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, most of whom band together to form a guerilla resistance group called the Wolverines, the better to fight off that North Korean invasion that no one has ever been afraid of. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
Today’s Sequel Bits is full of fighters, whether they be well-meaning brutes, cuddly panda bears, starving teenagers, or ’80s action stars. After the jump:
- Jennifer Lawrence will make a whole lot of money for Catching Fire
- Mickey Rourke is in talks to reprise play Marv again for Sin City 2
- DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 3 will be a Chinese co-production
- Broken Lizard guy says Super Troopers 2 could shoot this year
- Expendables 2 brings you a motorcycle crashing into a chopper
- Frank Marshall still has no plans for more Back to the Future
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