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Nearly two weeks ago, some frustrating news came to light reporting that Warner Bros. was forcing a post-production 3D conversion of Pacific Rim. This wasn't necessarily surprising, but what made it annoying and maddening was the fact that director Guillermo del Toro made a very prominent statement earlier this summer about why he didn't want to have the film shot or converted to 3D. The filmmaker said, "To force the 3D effects for robots and monsters that are supposed to be big you are making their [perspective] miniaturized, making them human scale." Well, now he's spoken out as to why this decision to convert the film to 3D is something that he's come to terms with, and it's slightly comforting on some level.
Earlier this summer, Guillermo del Toro talked about why he didn't want to make his sci-fi action flick Pacific Rim in 3D. The director firmly told Collider, "I didn’t want to make the movie 3D because when you have things that big… the thing that happens naturally, you’re looking at two buildings lets say at 300 feet [away], if you move there is no parallax. They’re so big that, in 3D, you barely notice anything no matter how fast you move. To force the 3D effects for robots and monsters that are supposed to be big you are making their [perspective] miniaturized, making them human scale" Apparently that wasn't enough to close the money hungry eyes of Warner Bros. who are forcing a 3D conversion of the film next summer.
Lately IMAX screens have been dominated by blockbusters like The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man (or the current re-release of Raiders of the Lost Ark), but awhile back, nature documentaries with stunning cinematography used to dominate the giant screen. Now nature is making a bit of a resurgence as Flight of the Butterflies in 3D is making its way to theaters this October. A simple trailer is here, and let's the images speak for themselves as director Mike Slee filmed hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico and cross-continent migratory routes. Enjoy!
Big Air Studios & Bold Films are finally ready to release The Hole, the new horror from Gremlins director Joe Dante, that has been on hold for three years. I'm a lil' grouchy because we first covered it way back in 2009. We even ran a trailer in May of 2010 for a release that year, but it never made it. Finally, after all this time, it's arriving late September. The Hole, originally filmed in 3D (back when it was "3-D"), stars Haley Bennett, Nathan Gamble and Chris Massoglia as children terrorized by some eerie, evil hole from hell they find in their basement. It's the kind of kids' horror Dante is known for, but doesn't look that amazing.
The saga is complete. Or perhaps, the saga is just beginning. We expected to hear some news out of Star Wars Celebration VI down in Orange County this weekend, and a bit of news has arrived. The official Star Wars Facebook page (found via SlashFilm) has announced release dates for the next prequels in that trilogy being released converted to 3D. If you remember, Star Wars - Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released in 3D this past February; it made only $43 million at the domestic box office, which I guess was enough to fire these two up back-to-back. Quicker to get us the original trilogy, most likely, in 3D, why not.
There's quite a bit of classic Pixar fun coming our way. Not only do we know there's a Finding Nemo sequel in the works, but they're re-releasing Finding Nemo in 3D in mid-September (trailer). Quickly following, Disney will be putting out Monsters Inc in 3D as well, getting released in December (instead of January), a good six months before we get to see Pixar's new feature film, Monsters University. Which, as we already know (and have seen teasers for), is a prequel to Monsters Inc. Tipped via The Pixar Times, linking all the way back to MoviePosters.com, they've got the first poster for Monsters Inc 3D featuring Mike Wazowski.
When Steven Spielberg recently talked about how amazing Raiders of the Lost Ark looked in 70mm on the IMAX screen, it made me giddy with anticipation in seeing one of my favorite films in a stunning format that would make it feel brand new. That's exactly what Pixar is hoping for with their 3D re-release of Finding Nemo on September 14th. In a new featurette, Pixar mastermind John Lasseter and co-directors Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich talk about their realization that the underwater elements which added depth and character to the undersea setting actually helped make a truly immersive 3D film.
"Only one thing fighting for order in the chaos - Judges." While we were announcing the Dredd Report viral site yesterday, Lionsgate also unveiled the first couple of TV spots for Dredd 3D, starring Karl Urban as our new Judge Dredd. I love this movie and have been anxiously awaiting its release because it's such an exhilarating, entertaining modern sci-fi cinematic experience. The first TV spot is only 30 seconds, and has a "legendary" tag (you'll see why), the second one (via Movies.com) comes in at a full 60 seconds and features plenty more action. Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey also co-star in Dredd. Check these out!
The revolution has begun. With the announcements that Indiana Jones was returning to the big screen and Raiders of the Lost Ark was getting a 70mm IMAX re-release came a series of interviews on NY Times and Yahoo profiling Steven Spielberg. The features focus on his interest in 70mm IMAX, converting and restoring the Indiana Jones series, and even a little bit on 3D and his future plans. Even though we already mentioned this in the Indy news earlier, it's worth pointing on its own. I'm talking about the quote that Spielberg is considering using IMAX cameras for Robopocalypse, his next big sci-fi robot spectacular.
What the heck are these? Okay, before we really get into this, know first that I am a huge Hobbit/LOTR fan. I am kind of excited for three more Middle Earth movies from Peter Jackson, and love everything we've seen so far, it looks wonderful. But all that changes with these glasses. Our Italian friends at HobbitFilm.it found photos of a pair of "limited edition RealD 3D glasses" that will be given out at "selected cinemas in December" with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Unfortunately, they don't look that great, they look kind of weird. I get it, they're all Middle Earth-y, but who would want to wear these? Take a look below.
Director James Cameron has taken us back to the past with Titanic in 3D, and ventured to the future with Avatar, but now the prolific filmmaker is taking a step back from the camera to produce Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away in 3D, a feature film version of the eye-popping stage show. Director Andrew Adamson (Shrek) is behind the camera for this film which takes an original story and twists it with the acrobatics and eye candy of Cirque du Soleil to allow audiences to get closer to the show than ever before and see details they were otherwise only view from a distance. It looks pretty stunning, and likely better in 3D. Watch it!
We've been waiting years for George Miller to get his delayed Mad Max: Fury Road film off the ground, and now it sounds like the film is finally in production in Namibia. However, one change has been made on the production. Originally, the plan was originally going to shoot in 3D, but now IF Magazine (via Twitch) says they will be converting the film to 3D instead. The magazine says Miller was developing new 3D cameras and rigs to shoot the film, but it became a concern as to whether or not the untested tech would withstand the harsh conditions of the desert location and the extensive stunt work. More below!
"No amount of attention during production is more important than that of the projectionist, who, with care and precision, shows the movie to the theater’s waiting guests." Couldn't be truer. They continue: "Bad projection can spoil the years of work that were put into the making of the movie. Perfect Projection literally makes it shine, and causes audiences to come back for more." Pixar has relaunched a website for projectionists just in time for Brave, their short La Luna, and two new Pixar trailers, to arrive in theaters. They go to lengths to specify every last technical detail to make sure the experience everywhere is perfect.
For good reason, plenty of people are quite baffled by the last minute decision by Paramount Pictures to push back G.I. Joe: Retaliation from its June 29th release date this summer to a March 29th release in 2013. The reason given was for a 3D conversion so that the film could do better at the box office. Honestly, if that was the case, they would've shot the film in 3D from the beginning. Instead, this seems like an excuse to give a lackluster blockbuster a less competitive release window and make money back with 3D inflation. And evidence of that comes from a brief statement on Twitter from Dwayne Johnson about the 3D news.