This year the sci-fi drama Arrival has been receiving all sorts of praise. Thanks to the emotional core that ties character drama to grounded science fiction, the film from Denis Villeneuve has been compared to a similar film: Robert Zemeckis‘ adaptation of Carl Sagan’s novel Contact.
Contact is a little more visceral and unbelievable than Arrival, but it’s still one of the better sci-fi movies to come out of the 1990s. And much like Arrival had some incredible visual effects that were not easily spotted by even the most avid of movie watchers, Contact had some impressive, state-of-the-art visual effects work done at the time. But there’s one particular shot that you probably didn’t even know was a visual effect.
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For the past year, editor in chief Peter Sciretta has been asking me to write about my favorite audio commentaries. If I ever recommend one to him, he asks about the list. Compiling a list of only a few must-hear audio commentaries sounded like too much of a challenge. There’s far too many I haven’t heard yet, so writing some “best commentary list” didn’t feel right. I have a lengthy list of commentary tracks I intend on listening to, and the plan is to write about a few of them — at least the good ones — around the start of every month.
These first five recommendations feature insights from Martin Scorsese, Robert Zemeckis, J.J. Abrams, Tom Ford, Penelope Spheeris, and many others. Below, check out our movie commentary recommendations.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
Robert Zemeckis has been trying for years to make a Who Framed Roger Rabbit? sequel, to little avail. And while Zemeckis has been more than happy to talk up the project in the past, he doesn’t sound all that optimistic about it these days. In a recent interview, the filmmaker suggested a Roger Rabbit 2 was unlikely to happen, and explained exactly why. Read More »
Screenwriter Steven Knight‘s latest film, Allied, has shootouts, impeccable costumes, exotic locations, and two appealing movie stars, but there’s a fine conflict to go along with all the eye candy. Over 30 years ago, Knight was inspired to one day write about a Canadian intelligence officer (Brad Pitt) who learns his wife, a former French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard), might be a spy for the Germans.
Allied is based on a true story Knight was told in his 20s, but his version of the story plays out differently. Knight took the premise he heard, ran with it, and turned it into the movie we see today. His script ended up in the hands of director Robert Zemeckis, who crafted some top-notch sequences in the film we recently asked Knight about.
The screenwriter behind Eastern Promises, Dirty Pretty Things, Peaky Blinders, and next year’s Taboo took the time to discuss setting up challenges for himself, directing, rules, and some of Allied‘s standout scenes.
Below, read our Steven Knight interview.
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UPDATE: The creators of this event have reached out to let us know that this event has been postponed until 2017. The even’ts spokesperson said:
“We want to make this event the best it can be in order to not taint the BTTF brand at all, and things were not coming together to make that possible, so we made the tough, but necessary, decision to postpone the event.”
Our original article from September 27, 2016 follows below.
Last year brought endless amounts of celebration revolving around Back to the Future. Not only did it mark the 30th anniversary of the original time travel film from director Robert Zemeckis, but it also marked the year in which Doc Brown and Marty McFly traveled into the future in Back to the Future Part II. There were endless screenings, fan gatherings, and tons of new memorabilia released. But just because those milestones are passed us doesn’t mean fans are done celebrating.
The first annual Back to the Future Fan Celebration is coming next month, and the festivities will be happening at a location that will be very familiar to fans of the time travel franchise: Twin Pines Mall. Get the details on the 2016 Back to the Future Fan Celebration after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
All relationships have secrets, but any problems you have with your significant other will surely pale in comparison to Brad Pitt‘s issues with Marion Cotillard in the new trailer for Allied. Robert Zemeckis‘ romantic thriller stars Pitt as Max, an intelligence officer who meets French resistance fighter Marianne (Cotillard) during World War II. They’re assigned to pose as a couple for a mission, but begin to fall in love for real. So far, so good; Allied sounds like a star-crossed romance set against the dramatic backdrop of war.
But when Max and Marianne return to London and start to build a home, a shocking revelation threatens to destroy the trust they’ve built. Max gets word that Marianne is under suspicion of working for the enemy, and finds himself tasked with killing the woman he’s come to love. Told you their problems were more serious than yours. Watch the Allied trailer below.
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Posted on Friday, August 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
Robert Zemeckis‘ last movie, The Walk, sank down and disappeared without a trace, but maybe his next one will have better luck staying afloat. It surely helps that Allied boasts the combined beauty and star power of Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, who play spies in World War II. They’re assigned to work together as pretend husband and wife, but as invariably happens with these situations in the movies, they start to fall in love for real. Watch the first
Watch the first Allied teaser trailer below.
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We’re only three months away from seeing another Robert Zemeckis film. Allied has an Awards-friendly release date and stars Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode, and Jared Harris. Making the WWII drama all the more promising, it’s also written by Steven Knight (Locke), whose new show, Taboo, comes to FX next year.
Below, check out the full Allied first look.
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Hot on the heels of a visual effects reel that showed how pretty much an entire city was created in post-production for Deadpool, the geniuses at the digital effects company Atomic Fiction have revealed another showcase of even more impressive work. This time a visual effects reel takes a look at how the company created the crux of Robert Zemeckis‘ vertigo-inducing true story The Walk.
See how the now-fallen Twin Towers of New York City (and basically the city itself as seen from on top of the buildings) were recreated pretty much entirely with visual effects so that Joseph Gordon-Levitt could appear to be suspended between them on a high wire.
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Director Robert Zemeckis has been considering a Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 2 for years now. We’ve never heard much regarding the sequel, since the director usually remains tightlipped about the project, but every once in a while we get an update. This isn’t news on its current status, but instead a cool little piece of movie history.
In the late ’80s, Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams had a discussion with producer Steven Spielberg about possibly writing the sequel.
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