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There's no doubt that three of the most influential modern filmmakers in cinema's short history are Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. But how about we flashback to a time when some of the filmmakers' most iconic and praised projects were still in their future? Back when film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert were still alive, there was barely a better source for relevant and timely film theory discussion and great talks from the most influential names in the industry. After all, this was before information spread quickly across the Internet. Thankfully, modern technology has afforded us quick and easy access to a TV special featuring a nearly hour-long discussion with the aforemention filmmaking trio.
Every production has a unit photographer. This person is assigned to take still photos throughout the entire shoot, capturing the experience on set and images from the film to be used for marketing. Usually we don't get to see very many of these photos, but a big batch of them from Darren Aronofsky's Noah have arrived online. As a huge fan of Aronofsky's movies, this is one movie I have been anxiously, impatiently awaiting. We have yet to see any footage or much besides an early shot of the life-size Ark they built and the comic book imagery it's based on, but as a first real glimpse at the characters, this is great. Can't wait to see more.
"All these worlds are yours, except Europa. Attempt no landing there." There is a sci-fi film playing now that's one of the best in a long time. Similar to the upcoming Gravity, it's a film that might not even deserve the science fiction classification because it's much more science reality. The film is titled Europa Report, directed by Ecuadorian filmmaker Sebastián Cordero, and it involves a two-year long manned mission to Europa, Jupiter's sixth moon where many have theorized life might exist underneath miles of ice covering the surface. It's an excellent film that I've already seen multiple times and can't wait to watch again. Luckily, I was able to meet with Sebastián Cordero in person for a 17 minute chat about sci-fi and making this film.
As we eagerly await The Wolf of Wall Street coming later this year, cinephiles can get their film on the genius of Martin Scorsese by way of an hour-long lecture from just a few months ago. The Academy Award winning filmmaker was selected for the 42nd annual Jefferson Lecture at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC which took place this past April. The annual lecture is the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities, and Scorsese discusses at great length his passion for cinema, and the origins of those feelings.
The end is nigh. Well, at least the end of Edgar Wright's Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, or The Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy as it's also known, is coming to theaters soon. We just recently heard about a slew of special screenings director Edgar Wright put together at the New Beverly in Los Angeles to get people in the mood for The World's End, theater chains across the country are holding special screenings of the entire trilogy with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz leading up to the late night premiere of the final installment starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and we have all the information you need below.
"I like emotional experiences - when I go into an art museum, or listen to an album, or see a movie, I like to feel something deeply." One of my favorite indie films this year is The Spectacular Now (watch the trailer), a superb coming-of-age film starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley directed by James Ponsoldt. It first premiered at Sundance, where the year before Ponsoldt brought his second film Smashed, and in 2006 premiered his first film Off the Black. I love Ponsoldt's films and I finally met up with him in New York this past weekend for an interview. It ended up becoming a fantastic discussion on storytelling. One quote: "Don't judge your characters... Just look at them, let them bet he best advocate for themselves."
Yesterday brought a small update for the gestating Avatar sequel with James Cameron enlisting the help of War of the Worlds and "Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles" writer Josh Friedman to work on the script. Other than that, we've been waiting for any clear indicator of when production might begin on the follow-up to the 2009 blockbuster. While we heard there would definitely be two sequels coming, there were rumblings that three films might be in the works. Well, Deadline has word that Fox is definitely making three more Avatar films with James Cameron at the helm, and there's writers lined up for all of them.
A few weeks ago, just before the release of Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, Warner Bros brought a group of movie bloggers to the San Francisco offices of ILM (or Industrial Light & Magic), the Lucasfilm-owned visual effects (VFX) company. Anyone who grew up watching Star Wars and Indiana Jones knows ILM. I've visited this movie mecca once before in '08, but was still geeking out all day. After a presentation from Guillermo and the ILM team, I sat down with supervising animator Hal Hickel for a chat about Pac Rim and animating characters. Hickel joined ILM in the 1990's after working on Toy Story at Pixar; as a kid he wrote a letter with his ideas for a A New Hope sequel and got a rejection note from Gary Kurtz (seen here).
"1.08 am. A 20 hour day ... 15 years of Tolkien ... 771 days of shooting ..." Yesterday, or rather today (Friday, July 26th, 2013) was the very last day of shooting in Hobbit/Lord of the Rings history. It sounds like, as Jackson is saying, that he's finally closed the book and this marks the end of an era for him. To celebrate the day, Peter Jackson live blogged various moments of his day on his Facebook page, including lots of photos and fun updates. Yes, that's him and his cat Mr Smudge in the teaser above - the very last shot he posted after a long day of work. Looking back it's better to recap after and watch what went down on his final day.
Over two years ago, news came from Cannes that Salt director Phillip Noyce was going to direct a remake of Jean-Claude Van Damme's 1988 underground martial arts drama Bloodsport. However, no details have emerged since then. Now Variety reports V for Vendetta and Ninja Assassin director James McTeigue has boarded the project with Relativity Media behind the reboot. The script still comes from Robert Mark Kamen, the writer of The Fifth Element, Taken and The Transporter franchise, who developed the story with Noyce, with a rewrite coming from Craig Rosenberg (The Uninvited), supervised by McTeigue himself.
Spidey and his villains. Electro. Rhino. The Sinister Six? Maybe. What about a Spidey-Avengers crossover, or Fantastic Four? I had so many fun questions to ask Marc Webb, and what better place than Comic-Con to have a good chat about our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and his foes. I caught up with director Marc Webb, who I have a long history with (interview in 2009, at WonderCon, in 2012), at the 2013 Comic-Con this year where he was presenting the first footage from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This was also the big unveiling of Jamie Foxx's villain Electro. It was great to catch up with Marc and talk about the sequel.
The war has begun. This is already one of my most anticipated movies of 2014 and we've barely seen much from it since they only started shooting a few weeks ago. Fox has released the very first rendered photo of Caesar, played once again by Andy Serkis, from the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes directed by Matt Reeves. They brought a tease of the movie to Comic-Con and showed us some footage, which ended with this shot seen below. It shows Caesar holding up his hand, ready to attack with a pack of apes behind him. As soon as he drops his arm, they all leap and it cuts. Perfect tease. Love the war paint, he looks pissed.
Comic-Con is coming to a close, but the hype is just beginning for two of Marvel's future projects. While no announcements were made for Phase Three of Marvel's cinematic universe, there were two cool reveals that should have fans excited. The first is for Marvel's boldest new film, an adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy. The cosmic hero ensemble is a rag tag team of space thugs who attempt to keep peace and order in the galaxy, though it might not be in the most conventional way. Concept art was revealed previously, but the character designs have changed a bit on a brand new piece of concept art showing the whole team. Look!
"What's the last thing you remember..." Time for us to return to the glory days of Bryan Singer's X-Men and X2. One of the major panels in Hall H today that will be remembered for years was our formal introduction to X-Men: Days of Future Past, the new Bryan Singer movie out next summer reuniting the new First Class and old X-Men casts for one big time travel comic book movie. We got a look at the first footage ever revealed and they also brought the entire cast, and I mean the entire cast, on stage at Comic-Con. It looks incredible, I haven't been this excited for an X-Men movie since X2. "Please - we need you to hope again."