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From James Cameron to Harrison Ford, they're getting everyone on Reddit. Over the weekend the other big Reddit AMA (aka Ask Me Anything) participant was legendary actor Harrison Ford, best known as Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Rick Deckard, Jack Ryan, President James Marshall, Colonel Graff. He explains that he was recently a "correspondent for Years of Living Dangerously, a new Showtime docuseries about climate change," and answered a number of fan questions for an hour. He covers topics on Blade Runner, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, even Anchorman, Expendables, and plenty more. Recap his highlights below.
"I think we may have just found a Transformer." Tonight MTV hosted their faux-awards show the MTV Movie Awards, which aren't worth covering aside from the handful of new TV spots that debuted during the show. This year they debuted fresh spots for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers: Age of Extinction (gotta love Mark Wahlberg in this), as well as another new spot for Seth MacFarlane's wacky western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West. Also toss in the Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt time loop sci-fi Edge of Tomorrow and of course Hercules with Dwayne Johnson and that's about it. Fire 'em up.
Ask James Cameron Anything. What would you ask, and would he reply? Time to find out. On Saturday, April 12th, filmmaker James Cameron participated in a Reddit AMA, answering quite a few questions from fans. Some of the good, some of them bad, with plenty of fascinating and surprisingly in-depth replies. Unlike some AMA participants, he actually gave a few lengthy, well-written answers to nerdy questions. He covers his thoughts on Prometheus, Terminator and Gravity, to future technology, to Avatar & True Lies sequels, to Arnold, to HFR & 3D, and much more. We've curated a number of worth-reading answers.
"It's funny that you find life so complicated." Today's indie trailer is for a film called Chinese Puzzle, or Casse-tête chinois in French, another third film in a charming romantic comedy trilogy about a couple and their lives over the years. The film features the same cast/characters from Cédric Klapisch's Russian Dolls and The Spanish Apartment, including Romain Duris as Xavier Rousseau, along with Audrey Tautou, Kelly Reilly, Toshiko Onizawa, Cécile de France and Sandrine Holt. While it is a French film, they do speak English and it takes place mostly in New York City, and doesn't look that bad at all. I'll check it out.
Briefly: Fox Searchlight has announced a release date for Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman, a Broadway stage drama about a fading actor starring Michael Keaton (seen above), for early in awards season 2014. Birdman will open in select theaters starting October 17th, 2014 this fall; a similar release date slot was used by Searchlight to debut 12 Years a Slave last year, and that went all the way to win Best Picture. Not saying that Birdman has that chance as we haven't seen much yet, but it will be something to behold anyway - with Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki behind the long-take cinematography. Also in the cast: Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts.
"Focus on the job and we'll all end up making a lot of money..." This looks eerie. After featuring posters yesterday, today we have the full US trailer for Erik Skjoldbjærg's Pioneer, a Norwegian conspiracy thriller set in the 1980s about the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom and deep sea divers using "controversial techniques" to extract oil. The cast includes a number of recognizable names and faces, from Wes Bentley to Stephen Lang to Jonathan LaPaglia, and they speak in English most of the time. This actually looks way better than I expected and I'm glad I stumbled across this film, there's just something mysterious and alluring about it. And I'm glad the footage in the trailer actually looks solid. Take a look for yourself below.
This should definitely perk up some ears. After hearing rumors for months, it looks like it might actually be true - Johnny Depp is appearing in Kevin Smith's new "horror" film Tusk. Depp is apparently playing the role of a detective assigned to the case in the movie, and has a smaller role investigating the incidents, hence why he was cast late and quietly filmed without anyone knowing. This latest casting tidbit comes directly from Justin Long, who also appears in Tusk, in an interview a few weeks ago most recently scooped up by The Wrap. He mentions, at least in their transcript, quite simply: "Johnny Depp is in that one." There we go.
For better or worse, more Transformers movies are on the way. At least three more of them. We have the fourth one titled Transformers: Age of Extinction, still directed by Michael Bay, arriving in theaters this summer. As pretty much everyone completely and totally expected, Michael Bay has revealed via an Entertainment Weekly interview that this one is the first in another new trilogy of Transformers movies. There's a brand new cast this time, new 'bots, a new storyline, of course it's the start of a new trilogy. Would we expect anything less? I think not. Then again, this is about gaining new fans moving ahead in the series.
"Where to begin?" TWC has debuted a new featurette for the upcoming adaptation of Lois Lowry's The Giver, being directed by Phillip Noyce. This beloved, Newbery Medal-winning novel is finally being adapted into a movie this year, with Jeff Bridges producing and playing The Giver, and up-and-comer Brenton Thwaites as Jonas. We already seen the first trailer, but one of the complaints was that it was all footage in color. In this featurette, the author herself, Lois Lowry, and the filmmakers address the issue head on by asking "what if?" in a cinematic context and answering: yes, there will be a few scenes in black & white. Including one shown in this featurette - which is a very key scene from the story that fans should recognize.
Wait - does that sound right? Baz Luhrmann and Kung Fu? Well, this is certainly something interesting to talk about. THR is reporting that Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann is now in talks to direct a big screen reboot, or a re-adaptation, of the 1970s martial arts western TV show Kung Fu, which starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine. Luhrmann most recently brought an extravagant, music-filled adaptation of The Great Gatsby to the big screen last summer, and it sounds like this may be next for him at Legendary Pictures if things come together. It isn't finalized yet, but could be a fun chance for Luhrmann to branch out.
"One of these days I'm going to come back, and I'm going to save you... if you're lucky." The first trailer has arrived for an indie comedy called Don Peyote, written & directed by Michael Canzoniero & Dan Fogler, which is some kind of crazy, wacky, drug-trip dramedy starring Fogler as Warren Allman, an "unemployed stoner who finally finds a purpose in life" after a run in with a homeless man that gives him some kind of power, it looks like. The supporting cast is promising: Anne Hathaway, Jay Baruchel, Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace and Wallace Shawn. Doesn't look too bad, but I'm still unsure about Fogler in a lead role.
Take a look back at the 25 most important, powerful, influential moments in the struggle between X-Men and Humans, or Mutants and Men. As part of a sleek interactive/online promo for Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fox has launched a new website called "25 Moments" (at 25moments.com) that looks back at 25 key moments in X-Men/mutant history. The site highlights a series of different moments spanning 56 years in an interactive timeline, also including the entire comic book franchise, with hints of X-Men: First Class and even X3 (see the Battle of Alcatraz in 2006). This is actually very well done and fun to go through, looking at the fairly extensive history, and future, of mutants. Warning - potential spoilers.
He changed the industry forever with the visual effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner. Can he do again in 2014? After following its development for years, visual effects master Doug Trumbull is premiering his first experimental 4K 3D 120FPS film titled UFOTOG at the Second Fictional Festival this May up at Seattle's Cinerama. We've written about this odd UFOTOG project a few times before and have been patiently awaiting its arrival, mostly just to see what all the hype is behind this latest sci-fi experience that Trumbull has come up with. Press releases are hitting now confirming the premiere in Seattle. Read on.
When your ultimate adventure becomes your ultimate nightmare. If you're into deep sea diving conspiracy thrillers, then we've got the perfect film for you. Titled Pioneer, this Norwegian thriller is about a team of divers who were part of risky experiments at the start of the Norwegian oil-drilling industry in the early 80s. The cast includes Aksel Hennie plus Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang, Jonathan LaPaglia, Stephanie Sigman and Jørgen Langhelle. The film already premiered in Europe last year and has been waiting for a US release, however io9 has debuted a new US poster and we thought it was worth sharing to bring some attention to this interesting little film. I'm intrigued by all the imagery, but I'm not sure if it'll be any good.