Q&A: Which is the Best 3D Format?

Lets face it, 3D movies are not going away any time soon. Every year we’re seeing more and more films being released and re-released in 3D. So why not experience the 3D in the best way possible?

There are several 3D formats. RealD? Dolby 3D? IMAX 3D? XpanD 3D? Which is the best 3D format? I attempt to answer that question in this weeks edition of Q&A. We’ll take a look at the technical differences, and the advantages and disadvantages between the four big choices. We’ll show you why your local multiplex picked one format over another, and we even got some of the top 3D filmmakers and 3d experts to comment.

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Even as Julie Delpy gears up for a possible third Before Sunrise pic with Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater, the busy writer-director-actress has attached herself to helm a biopic of iconic rock musician Joe Strummer called The Right Profile. Strummer is best remembered as the frontman of British punk group The Clash, though his musical resume also includes solo work, stints with The Mescaleros and The Pogues, and the soundtracks for Walker and Sid and Nancy. (The film is named after this Clash song, from London Calling. The tune even points back to the movies, with lyrics about ’40s film star Montgomery Clift.)

Few details about the project have been revealed at this time, though we do know the film will follow Strummer’s disappearance from the public spotlight in 1982. Variety notes that Delpy could appear in the picture — seeing as she’s acted in nearly all of her directorial efforts, including the recently wrapped 2 Days in New York — but as far as we know, that’s just speculation at this point.

After the jump, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas helmer Todd Strauss-Schulson finds his next project, while The Help director drops out of Melissa McCarthy’s Tammy.

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Todd Strauss-Schulson, the director of A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, is pumping out the behind the scenes videos. Recently we posted the half embarrassing, all funny lip dub he and his crew did of a Miley Cyrus song and now he’s released something slightly more serious. I say “slightly” because while the below video was obvious made in service of the film, it’s still absolutely ridiculous.

It’s no spoiler to say Neil Patrick Harris, better known as NPH in the H&K world, has been resurrected in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. As seen in the trailers, NPH has an elaborate Christmas musical number in the middle of the film and Strauss-Schulson created this pre-viz video storyboard breaking down the scene. Just like yesterday’s video, and the movie itself, the video was done with a sly sense of humor that’s very enjoyable. Read More »

Watching A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, it’s pretty damn obvious everyone making it is having a blast. Whether it’s Neil Patrick Harris acting straight and referencing Starship Troopers to get a girl naked, Danny Trejo wearing an awful sweater, cast members referring to John Cho as “Sulu” or body parts liberally flaunted on screen, the whole thing is just totally over the top and fun. It would have to be for the following video to exist.

What follows is not for the faint of heart. It is, in fact, somewhat disturbing. This exclusive video features a good portion of the crew behind A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas – everyone from an assistant editor, the composer, visual effects supervisors, line producer, full visual and digital effects teams and even director Todd Strauss-Schulson himself  – doing a lip dub of Miley Cyrus‘ hit single, Party in the USA. Check it out after the jump. Read More »


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The two existing Harold & Kumar movies have gone a long way towards keeping raunchy, healthy R-rated humor alive over the past few years. The third one, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, seems to be operating on the principle that you can get away with just about anything, so long as it is all wrapped up in a big holiday bow.

The first trailer made the third film look mildly manic and possibly funny. This new red-band trailer (which is very NSFW) makes it look straight-up wrong. Which is as it should be. Read More »

First Look: ‘A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas’

It’s been three years in real time since we last caught up with stoner buds Harold & Kumar (in 2008’s Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay) but it’s been six years of time within the movies since the two friends played by Kal Penn and John Cho last spent time together. Their third film, and their first in 3D (and first outright holiday movie) sees the pair reunited and, judging by the looks on their faces, back in trouble.

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American Pie

A couple months ago it was reported that Universal Pictures was looking to bring the American Pie franchise back to the big screen, but not as a reboot, but a fourth film in the series featuring the cast of characters from the original trilogy. That’s right — Jim, Stiffler, Nadia, Oz, Michelle, and all the gang.  The studio was in talks with Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the writers behind the Harold and Kumar films, to script American Pie 4.

Looks like the writing duo not only signed on to script the fourth installment, but also direct. But where does this leave the the third installment of the Harold & Kumar franchise? Find out, after the jump.

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mano-a-mano short film

Elsewhere on /Film, you can read about how virtual unknown Todd Strauss-Schulson has been hired to direct the third installment of the Harold & Kumar series, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas.

The television and commercial film director caught the attention of Hollywood with his short film titled Mano-a-Mano, which premiered at the 2008 South By Southwest Film Festival, has appeared in over 45 film festivals and even won the Best Short Film Jury Award at the Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The NSFW short tells the story of “two guys competing for the same job, a position as a gay phone sex operator.” The short stars Laura Silverman (yes, Sarah’s sister), Gareth Reynolds, and Evan Mann. Fans of Kevin Smith’s earlier films will probably really like this movie, as it is very much written in that same tone.

I also included some of Schulson’s other shorts, including:

  • Die Hardly Working, which is described as a live action Looney Tunes cartoon starring the College Humor gang.
  • Big Pussy: “A neurotic nice-guy struggles to find the confidence to tell the girl he loves that her vagina has an odor.”
  • Dragon Slayerz: “When Cougar Hunting gets old, it’s time to go Dragon Slaying.”

Watch all of the shorts film now, embedded after the jump.

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