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 box final posterThis week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley wonder whether or not Avatar will actually be profitable, express bafflement at the inclusion of aliens in Peter Berg’s Battleship film, and ponder whether Jake Gyllenhaal’s Prince of Persia constitutes brownface. Special guest Matt Singer joins us from the IFC News podcast.

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the box final posterIn this special episode of the /Filmcast: After Dark, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley chat with writer/director Richard Kelly about his reaction to S. Darko, and about the necessity of reading the graphic novel prequel to Southland Tales. They also discuss everything you ever wanted to know about Donnie Darko but were afraid to ask. Richard’s newest film, The Box, is out in theaters today.

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a-serious-man-posterThis week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley assess the state of Avatar’s marketing, discuss their thoughts on the Men in Black series, and lament the imminent death of Miramax. Writer/director Richard Kelly joins us for this episode. Richard Kelly’s newest film, The Box, is out in theaters on Friday, November 6th.

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Like many, I’m eagerly awaiting Richard Kelly’s upcoming sci-fi thriller The Box. I’ve loved pretty much everything I’ve seen promoting the film, and the clip below has ramped up my excitement even further. It comes courtesy of MTV Movie blog, where Kelly also details how he went about convincing Win Butler and Regine Chassagne (of Arcade Fire) to score the film along with Owen Pallett (from the band Final Fantasy).

We do get to hear a bit of the score in the clip, and I’m definitely liking it. It’s heavy on the strings and helps to build suspense quite well—even though we have no clue about the context of this scene between James Marsden and Gillian Jacobs. Kelly mentions that the score is probably worth the price of admission alone. I wouldn’t expect any less from such a talented trio.

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Richard Kelly Talks Box Release Shift and Soundtrack

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Last week Warner Bros made a few scheduling shifts, delaying Richard Kelly‘s sci-fi thriller The Box, once again. This time the film was only pushed back one week, from October 30th to a November 6th release. This film has been delayed so many times that I won’t believe it is out until I see it on the big screen for myself. Director Kelly insisted on Twitter that the change was “good news” and that he was “much happier with this date!”

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During the Warner Bros. panel this morning in Hall H, Richard Kelly took the stage, alongside stars Cameron Diaz and James Marsden, to show off four minutes from his upcoming film The Box. This footage gave a much better indication than the first trailer of the scope of the film, and also was the public debut of the music by Win Butler and the Arcade Fire. The vibe had a lot of classic Twilight Zone feel, and the music conjures up tones of suspense from the ’60s and ’70s. Then add the sort of effects you’d expect to see from Kelly. (Think shimmering water and energy fields.) Some comments and description of the footage is after the break. Beware, though, that a variety of mild and severe spoilers follow. Read More »

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I spoke with Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) this morning about his third film, The Box, which will be out in theaters in October 30. But while I was there, I couldn’t resist asking him about a cryptic Twitter message he sent out last week, saying that he’d completed his next script, and that it’d be an expensive film. Hit the jump to hear a few details about what I found out.
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