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The Christmas movie season is almost here and while most of us are getting super excited for The Wolf of Wall Street or Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, there will be plenty of other options at the theater. One example is 47 Ronin, Carl Rinsch‘s big budget samurai fantasy epic starring Keanu Reeves. The film has been in production for what feels like forever with plenty of behind the scenes drama, yet we’re now just a few short weeks away from finding out if Rinsch was able to rise above all that. I will say, after the first few trailers failed to impress, the TV spots showing up during primetime shows have me much more interested.

Now, a slew of behind the scenes footage has come online that will only help get you interested in the film, which also stars Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano and Rinko Kikuchi. Check it out below. Read More »

Keanu 47 Ronin

Years have passed. Trials have been endured. Legends made. I’m talking about the journey Carl Rinsch‘s samurai epic 47 Ronin has had coming to the big screen. Finally scheduled for release on Christmas, a final theatrical trailer has just been released with more effects, more story and more Keanu Reeves as he helps 47 samurai get revenge for the death of their master. Check it out below. Read More »

47 Ronin

Carl Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin has had a long, tough journey to the big screen. The release date was pushed back multiple times, each time amid a flurry of rumors about on-set trouble. But this Christmas 2013 release date is sticking, and the samurai epic is now ready to show off its first bit of footage.

Keanu Reeves leads the fantasy epic as an outcast who joins with a band of warriors seeking to avenge their murdered master. Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, and Rinko Kikuchi also star. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Well, it looks like Carl Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin is finally coming to screens. The film, which stars Keanu Reeves as man who joins a legendary group of warriors seeking vengeance for the murder of their master, has had a very long and difficult road to the big screen. Rumors of massive production problems have been circulating for some time but, with the release of four impressive character posters, it seems it’s almost time to judge the movie on its own. Read More »

Whipsers of trouble behind the scenes have plagued Carl Erik Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin ever since Universal bumped the film’s release from Fall 2013 to February 2013, and they only intensified when the studio moved the opening date yet again to Christmas 2013. Then last week, a report came out that seemed to confirm everything we’d feared. Describing the production process as “a nightmare,” the article claimed that the samurai epic’s budget had ballooned from $175 million to $225 million, and that the studio had wrested the project away from first-time feature director Rinsch.

But anonymous “individuals close to the project” are notoriously unreliable, and now other inside sources are denying that the situation is as bad as all that. According to this new story, Rinsch has not been pulled off the project, and in fact has been holed up in the editing room all week. Moreover, the budget remains under $200 million including the reshoots. Read more after the jump.

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Exploit Yourself

Last month is was revealed that commercial director Carl Erik Rinsch, a protege of Ridley Scott, was attached to direct a prequel to Alien. I was one of the few people actually interested in Rinsch’s involvement. Rinsch’s commercials show an amazing sense of imagination, visual effects artistry and composition (we’ve profiled his amazing commercials on the site). There has been some talk that Fox has yet to approve of Ridley’s choice of director for the project, and I’m not sure what’s currently going on with the whole situation. This weekend I was sent this new spec commercial directed by Rinsch which I think you should all check out. Inspired by Nike, and produced by Big Lazy Robot FX, “Exploit Yourself” involves a robotic parkour runner in an urban setting

‘Exploit Yourself’ talks about pushing your limits just for the sake of it. We see no competition or race but the one we all got within, still we keep trying to beat ourselves up. Faster runs, quicker movements, higher jumps: strength, pain, muscle, sweat, determination, thirst. Trying one’s best, never give up, create an enemy when there’s not one, the feeling of suffering for self beating. Winning in front of your eyes, winning for your eyes only, and never stop making you BETTER. Who said life at the city was placid?

Watch the spec commercial after the jump.
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