7 Films for the Visual Effects Oscar

The visual effects branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures has narrowed down the films of 2008 to just seven selections. These seven films will compete in a “bake off” on January 15th to narrow the list to just three selections — the nominees for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. Here is the lost of the final seven:

  • Australia
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Dark Knight
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  • Iron Man
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Discuss: Which film would you award the Best Achievement in Visual Effects?

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In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, and Adam debate the merits of 2D animation, weigh in on a Monsters Inc. sequel, and spend more time than humanly thought possible destroying The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Legendary actor Stephen Tobolowsky (from Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party) joins us to re-enact The Matrix Reloaded and to show us exactly how film criticism is done.

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Box Office: The Dark Knight Beats The Mummy

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor will end the weekend well behind industry expectations with $42.5 million. This means once again, The Dark Knight is #1 at the box office with $44.8M, pushing the film’s domestic total to $395.88 million. The Dark Knight currently stands as the #8 biggest grossing film of all time domestically, and on Monday it is expected to overtake Spider-Man to become the biggest comic book movie adaptation of all time.

Steve Mason predicts a $480 million lifetime gross for the film, which would put it shy of Titanic’s $600 million record. But $480 million would be enough to overtake Star Wars for the #2 spot. To give you an idea, it took Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace 8 weeks to earn the same as The Dark Knight did in three. Other comparisons: It took Spider-Man 9 weeks, E.T. more than 52 weeks, and The Dark Knight has already outgrossed Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

In all the years that I’ve attempted to write or talk about film in a serious manner, at no point did I ever conceive that I’d one day be writing a post with a title beginning, “In Defense of The Mummy…” Yet here we are today: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor sits at 10% on Rottentomatoes and the reviews are absolutely brutal. Here’s but a sampling of some of the vitriol being spewed about this movie:

Masswyrm from Aintitcool writes:

[T]his looks distinctly like what it is. Shit. Unmitigated, inexcusable shit. I can’t remember the last time I looked around and saw so many critics positively mortified to be watching what they were watching. We were embarrassed to be in that theater. It is a humbling, humiliating experience that will take anyone who bitched about nuked fridges and swinging monkeys and show them just how much Spielberg and Lucas actually got right.

Stephen Holden from the New York Times writes:

In the movie’s futile drive to conjure visceral excitement, the action sequences are edited into an incoherent jumble that makes you feel trapped on a rickety airplane sitting in a pool of yak vomit.

Friend of /Film, Eric D. Snider writes the following about The Mummy:

At first I thought the film seemed like an Indiana Jones rip-off, but now I’m not sure it’s even that good. It’s more like an imitation of a rip-off, like Cohen and Co. once heard someone describe an Indiana Jones rip-off and they just copied down whatever they could remember, and then added some yeti.

Ouch. This hatred is so palpable, it reminds me of the good old days when all the poisonous screeds were reserved for Sex and the City.
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We missed this one on Friday… Universal has released a new trailer for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor on the Papa John’s Pizza website. When a movie trailer is released on a Pizza website, that should tell you a lot about the quality of the film. Too bad you don’t get a free pizza with the purchase of a movie ticket. Or even a free movie ticket with the purchase of a pizza. You gotta love those DVDs that include free movie cash. Watch the trailer below, and as always, tell me what you think in the comments!

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You can also watch the trailer in High Definition on Papa John’s. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor will hit theaters on August 1st 2008.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Universal has released the official teaser trailer for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. While some of the production photos actually gave me a little hope, I think this new trailer proves there is no hope. What was I thinking, this movie is directed by Rob Cohen, the same guy responsible for Stealth, xXx, and The Fast and the Furious. An army of undead warriors?! Watch the trailer below and tell me what you think in the comments!

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The annoyingly long official plot synopsis: The blockbuster global Mummy franchise takes a spellbinding turn as the action shifts to Asia for the next chapter in the adventure series, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Brendan Fraser returns as explorer Rick O’Connell to combat the resurrected Han Emperor (Jet Li) in an epic that races from the catacombs of ancient China high into the frigid Himalayas. Rick is joined in this all-new adventure by son Alex (newcomer Luke Ford), wife Evelyn (Maria Bello) and her brother, Jonathan (John Hannah). And this time, the O’Connells must stop a mummy awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse who threatens to plunge the world into his merciless, unending service.

Doomed by a double-crossing sorceress (Michelle Yeoh) to spend eternity in suspended animation, China’s ruthless Dragon Emperor and his 10,000 warriors have laid forgotten for eons, entombed in clay as a vast, silent terra cotta army. But when dashing adventurer Alex O’Connell is tricked into awakening the ruler from eternal slumber, the reckless young archaeologist must seek the help of the only people who know more than he does about taking down the undead: his parents.

As the monarch roars back to life, our heroes find his quest for world domination has only intensified over the millennia. Striding the Far East with unimaginable supernatural powers, the Emperor Mummy will rouse his legion as an unstoppable, otherworldly force…unless the O’Connells can stop him first. Now, in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, the trademark thrills and visually spectacular action of the Mummy series will be redefined for a new generation.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is helmed by director Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, xXx) and written by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (Spider-Man 2, television’s Smallville). Reprising their roles as producers in the series are Bob Ducsay, Sean Daniel, Stephen Sommers and James Jacks.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor will hit theaters on August 1st 2008.

The Mummy 3 Poster

poster source: badtaste

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Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

Speeder Dogs

Global Nerdy brings us the photo of the day: Speeder Dogs.

Charles Grodin will cameo in Jason Segel‘s new Muppet Movie. [mtv]

TorrentSpy already shut its doors earlier this year, and now they have been hit with a $110 million judgment against its parent company, Valence Media. The MPAA has won. [mashable]

Collider has a preview of their set report of G.I. Joe.

Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman have just completed a screenplay based on Mark Millar’s graphic comic book ‘Kick-Ass‘. [dailymail]

Ironman Jones Movie PosterHollywoodInk has a poster for this year’s Summer movie season (pictured left).

Rotten Tomatoes
has an exclusive video diary from the set of Quantum of Solace.

Vulture wonders what unsung comic book superheroes should star in The Avengers.

Ellen Page is set to play one of English literature’s most famous characters, the eponymous heroine of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. [Variety]

Topless Robot counts down the 11 Best Songs from Geek-Movie Soundtracks.

Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will star in the Marc Webb-helmed romantic comedy 500 Days of Summer for Fox Searchlight, which centers on a man (Gordon-Levitt) who falls hopelessly in love with a woman (Deschanel) who doesn’t believe in love. [variety]

CineVegas has announced their line-up which includes: The Rocker, Dark Streets, Your Name Here, Beautiful Losers, Chelsea on the Rocks, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Choke, and Schoof [thecircuit]

The Sundance Channel has been acquired by New York-based Cablevision Systems for $496 million in stock and cash. [imdb]

Director Darren Lynn Bousman has officially been asked to direct the remake to Hellraiser. [bloody-disgusting]

Cloverfield Manga

io9 has the latest on the Cloverfield Managa.

SNL have announced Shia LeBoeuf will host May 10th with My Morning Jacket and Steve Carell will host season finale on May 17th with Usher. [collider]

The internet teaser trailer for Kevin Smith‘s Zack and Miri Make a Porno will hit the web next week. [newsaskew]

Moon Bloodgood as Det. Maya Sunee in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li

The first production photo of Moon Bloodgood as Det. Maya Sunee in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li was released on the movie’s official blog.

Susan Sarandon, Bill Pullman and Josh Lucas are joining Cillian Murphy and Ellen Page in Michael Lander’s psychological thriller “Peacock.” [THR]

GuideSpot has a Google Maps guide of Alfred Hitchcock‘s Bay Area.

Tom Cruise has launched Tom Cruise.com.

Tom Hanks endorses Barack Obama.

My friend John Campea over on The Movie Blog listed five lesser known comic character movies he’d like to see

Wanted and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army will open and close the Los Angeles Film Festival.

FirstShowing takes a look at the Future of Iron Man: Alcoholic Tony Stark, War Machine, and Beyond!

The first trailer for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor will hit in June. [SciFi]

Maya Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to Alex Rivera’s Sundance award-winner Sleep Dealer. [THR]

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