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"There's something about that tune is that is just classic and iconic." This may be one of the last video blogs we featured for James Bond's Skyfall, since it hits theaters around the world in just a few weeks. For those of you steering clear of any footage/spoilers, this has none. It focuses on composer Thomas Newman (Oscar nominated composer of American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Finding Nemo, Wall-E) and recording the new score for the film. Similar to Adele's excellent title track (listen here), Newman's score is refreshing and exciting, the perfect accompaniment to an otherwise fantastic new Bond film. Get a first listen below.
"Let the sky fall, when it crumbles, we will stand tall, and face it all together." Bond is back! And better than ever. I was lucky to catch the very "first showing" of James Bond's Skyfall, the 23rd Bond film, last night and it was awesome. I left the even more excited than when I went in. Everyone knows I'm a life-long, die-hard Bond fan and have been leading up to this (with a set visit to Istanbul) and more, but this was the moment I was waiting for. Its been four years since we last saw a new Bond film, and not exactly to the best outcome. But Skyfall will make you forget about that and fall in love with the character of 007 all over again.
"The location itself actually ends up in some ways dictating what the action of the scene is going to be." It's Bond Day! In celebration of all things James Bond, we've got plenty of new content, including another 007 video blog. This one focuses on the major shooting locations for Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes. This includes places like Shanghai, China and Istanbul, Turkey. Most of this is narrated by first assistant director Michael Lerman, talking about great locations and using them to enhance the action. We've already been well briefed in a London video blog and I watched them shoot in Istanbul first hand, but this is just as good.
"You need to raise the ante as the movie's going." Holy crap this is going to be awesome. The latest video blog for James Bond's Skyfall has arrived, this time focusing on the underwater action scene in the movie. Or, as the first assistant director explains, this is just one beat of the action, and yet it's an elaborate, complex underwater sequence. Oh and, Daniel Craig as Agent 007 is in there doing the swimming himself. Hell yes. Bond is back! The work on this sequence in the video actually made me say "wow" out loud. Just that Craig is doing this, and has an underwater monitor, everything. So excited to see this, it's almost time.
"For me on set, it's been a joy just to play with these people." Indeed, Mr. Bond. This is one of the best video blog featurettes for the new Bond yet. 007.com has debuted a video blog, lacking any sufficient title, that focuses on the two sexy, but badass and talented, Bond girls in this: Naomie Harris as Eve and Bérénice Marlohe as Sévérine. This is about the eighth or ninth video blog for James Bond's Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes, and as I keep saying, the more we see the better this looks. But these two look absolutely the best, hands down. This video blog includes a lot of great on-set footage and plenty more, so fire it up below.
"But above all I am a man. Hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you." In a year where we have new films by Paul Thomas Anderson, Derek Cianfrance, Steven Spielberg, even Terrence Malick, it's tough to get into a discussion about the best of the best. In fact, it's honestly hard to sit down and process some of these films, especially considering how layered, complex and "heavy" they are. Especially these two in particular, PTA's The Master and Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines, which premiered at TIFF 2012 this past weekend. I caught both films (and reviewed Pines in text) but wanted to actually chat about them in person.
Based on a declassified true story. Although it wasn't initially listed in the 2012 Telluride Film Festival official line-up, one of this year's surprise "sneak previews" is Ben Affleck's Argo, which he directed and stars in. We didn't expect to see it until later in the fest, but they opened with a screening of the film, and so this year kicked off with an outstanding, edge-of-your-seat thriller based on a true international story from the 1980s. Many people may already be very familiar with the CIA (and Canada's) clandestine plan to get American embassy hostages safely out of Iran, but if you're not, or just want a good inside look, it's worth it.
Of course the new James Bond movie would be shooting in London, in fact, most of it was shot in London, which makes sense, given he is on Her Majesty's Secret Service. With the entire world still buzzing after the London 2012 Olympics, Eon has released the latest video blog for James Bond's Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007. This vlog focuses on filming in London, the various places they went, the areas they got to shut down and shoot in, and all of it looks amazing. Maybe it's just the brilliance of Mendes and his DP Roger Deakins, but London looks very photogenic in this footage. Fire it up!
There's something undeniably special about hand-drawn animation, and Disney's newest short Paperman takes that concept in an exciting new direction. Director John Kahrs makes his directorial debut with an innovative form of animation that begins with CG models and employs a hand-drawn style over the top of them, eventually combining the two into a look that's both fresh and somehow instantly familiar. It's about a New York man who has a chance encounter with the girl of his dreams, and the lengths he goes to see her again. We were shown this short film as part of an early Disney press event for Wreck-It Ralph (which we'll cover more of tomorrow) which this will be playing in front of in November. Our first thoughts below.
Hooray, the new video Hobbit blog is out! Peter Jackson has just posted video blog #8 for The Hobbit on his Facebook page, which not only covers the "Last Days" of production, but also his trip to Comic-Con just last week. This fantastic video runs nearly 15 minutes, giving us a wonderful look at how far they've come making these two (maybe three?) movies bringing us back to Middle Earth. This is the video I was talking about when I said it shows how much fun every last person had making this, such an amazing experience. "Here's a bit of what I saw in San Diego, and what those in Hall H got to see of The Hobbit!" Don't miss it!
"It is about the old and the new." Doesn't everyone wish they owned an Aston Martin? Videos like this only make it worse, but they're still cool to see. The latest Bond 23 video blog from Sam Mendes' Skyfall is a featurette on the classic Aston Martin DB5 car, which first appeared in Goldfinger and is, for some odd reason, showing up in Skyfall, too. The video doesn't reveal exactly why, but does drop quite a few hints about it. "There's something about the last part of the movie which is deliberately, very consciously, could've taken place in 1962." Instead, it does have a lot of sexy car shots, if you're into that kind of stuff. Have fun!
One of the best Hall H panels I have ever attended in my 7 year history at Comic-Con happened yesterday in San Diego. Warner Bros, giving us a look at four or five of their biggest projects coming up, rocked the convention center and Hall H full of nearly 7000 fans with some of the most exciting footage we've seen and entertaining Q&As non-stop. The panel ran two and a half hours, covering Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, a reveal for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla, Zack Snyder's Superman reboot Man of Steel, and of course, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. It was this event where many of us emerged very impressed by what we saw.
Yesterday we attended Marvel Studio's presentation inside of the massive Hall H at Comic-Con 2012 to watch and learn about Marvel's upcoming slate. They not only announced titles for their upcoming sequels Thor: The Dark World (in 2013) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (in 2014), but also confirmed that a Guardians of the Galaxy movie is coming up in 2014. Finally, they showed Edgar Wright's unfinished Ant-Man test reel and a very fresh, very exciting sizzle reel from Iron Man 3 with Robert Downey Jr., which only just started shooting under the direction of Shane Black. It was an exhilarating panel overall.
Three years ago, South Africans Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley won over Comic-Con with District 9, which went on to become a huge theatrical hit and even earned a Best Picture nomination. Blomkamp and Copley are back again this year with their new movie Elysium, starring primarily Matt Damon along with Jodie Foster and Copley, and it looks awesome. As a huge sci-fi fanatic, I couldn't wait to see our very first glimpse at footage, and Blomkamp brought 7 minutes of raw, unfinished footage to show us. It has the same brilliant but gritty sensibilities as D9, but much bigger in scope and scale and with its own futuristic story.