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A Chinese company is planning to make a film that would rival James Cameron's hit 3D spectacular Avatar, Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday. Titled Bainiaoyi, the movie is based on the folklore of the Zhuang ethnic minority, a culture designated with national heritage importance by the Chinese Ministry of Culture. Xinhua says the plot will revolve around a young man named Guka who tries to find the "bainiaoyi" — a magical piece of clothing — to help him defeat an evil dragon that is plaguing the Zhuang people. Photos The Scene at Comic-Con 2014 The film will be produced by Beijing
- Abid Rahman
Peter Jackson is coming to the end of a stay in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth that has dominated a quarter of the 53-year old director’s life, right into middle age. The result: three Lord Of The Ring films and two installments of The Hobbit that grossed $4.89 billion in worldwide box office. By the time The Battle Of The Five Armies, the finale to The Hobbit trilogy, plays out, Jackson’s six films may reach $6 billion, and better the current hardware haul of 17 Oscars including Best Picture for Return Of The King, and 35 other noms. Unless James Cameron has something […] »
After just an "Avengers: Age of Ultron" footage reveal and an "Ant-Man" panel that was caught under the specter of the project recently losing its director (no new movie announcements beyond a "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel, no exciting casting revelations), it really did seem from afar like the Marvel Comic-Con presentation was a bit of a whiff this year. I'm sure all in attendance enjoyed the early look, but it felt like it may have been pretty weak sauce, particularly if you were trying to decide between that and a unique Chuck Palahniuk/David Fincher/"Fight Club" panel and opted for the superheroes instead. Fincher's 1999 masterwork is celebrating its 15th anniversary this October and this panel was a "from page to screen and beyond" look at the novel's journey from Palahniuk's brain to pop culture phenomenon. A little over a year ago, the author announced plans to write »
- Kristopher Tapley
James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in Ned Benson's Eleanor Rigby Us stars Will Ferrell and actress Jessica Chastain, along with filmmaker James Cameron, will pack their suitcases shortly for the 40th anniversary edition of the Deauville Festival of American Cinema from September 5-14.
Deauville Film Festival director Bruno Barde Bruno Barde, the event's director, described Ferrell of Anchorman and Stepbrothers fame as being akin to one of France’s favourite American comedians – Jerry Lewis, a choice that many find perplexing.
“Zany, caustic, satirical, off-the-wall and over-the-top, he is all that and more – a pure delight for the audience ... he is a king of comedy,” said Barde.
The other tribute to two-time Oscar nominee Chastain represented “a token of our affection, admiration, recognition and esteem for the talent of the recipient”.
- Richard Mowe
If you know your modern visual effects maestros, and if you know your stop- motion tauntaun from your stop-motion ED209, then you’ll know that Phil Tippett has been at the forefront of the visual effects and animation industries for the past forty years. His visual effects outfit, Tippett Studio, can count the recent movies Twilight, Ted and the forthcoming Jurassic World amongst its feature film credits. Outside of the feature film world, Phil has also recently completed work on a stop-motion, independently funded short entitled Mad God.
I had the chance recently for a quick catch up with Phil to chat with him about his studio’s new digital monster app that is a collaboration between his studio and Efexio to create the Tippett Creature Shop. In essence, the app allows users to purchase that ‘off the peg’, ready to use, »
- Gary Collinson
On paper, Brett Ratner sounds like such an improbable choice to direct a large-scale ancient Greek epic that, going into his “Hercules,” one could only hope for a less aggressively preposterous affair than Renny Harlin’s bargain-basement “The Legend of Hercules” from earlier this year. The happy surprise is that Ratner’s “Hercules” is more than a mere improvement on its predecessor. It’s a grandly staged, solidly entertaining, old-fashioned adventure movie that does something no other Hercules movie has quite done before: it cuts the mythical son of Zeus down to human size (or as human as you can get while still being played by Dwayne Johnson). The result is a far classier pic than Paramount’s frenetic trailer — and decision to hide the film from reviewers until the eleventh hour — foretold, albeit one that will struggle to find its sea legs at a crowded and underperforming summer box office. »
- Scott Foundas
The Deauville American Film Festival to screen a retrospective of Us comedian’s work.
Festival director Bruno Barde described Ferrell as “the king of American comedy”.
“Zany, caustic, satirical, off-the-wall and over-the-top; he is all that and more - a pure delight for the audience, in the same vein as Jerry Lewis, Peter Sellers, and the Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker trio,” he added.
The former Saturday Night Live star, who voiced the villain in this year’s The Lego Movie, recently wrapped in production on the comedy Get Hard, directed by Etan Cohen and set for release in March 2015.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Ferrell’s recent credits include Warner Bros. animated film “The Lego Movie,” which has gone on to earn more than $441 million in box office worldwide, and “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” which has earned over $172 million worldwide.
Ferrell is in production on comedy “Get Hard,” directed by Etan Cohen, the story of a wealthy investment bank manager who is sentenced to a maximum security prison for a crime he did not commit. The film is set to release in theaters March 27, 2015.
Barde said: “In an age when the mirror held up by filmmakers reflects a world that is often troubling, the festival is thrilled to welcome, for its 40th edition, the man who can claim to be ‘the king of American comedy,’ Will Ferrell. »
- Leo Barraclough
We're about to lose Sam Worthington for a couple of years. Soon, he'll be headed back to Pandora for a set of Avatar sequels, losing himself in James Cameron's fanciful world of cat people and uncaring military types. But first, the guy's gonna cram some real acting roles in there, and one of them is that old standby: the hitman. Sam Worthington will be starring in Hunter's Prayer, according to Screen Daily. Formerly going by the title For The Dogs (yikes, terrible title), this action thriller should sound mighty familiar to anyone fond of scouring the direct-to-dvd bin. Worthington will play an assassin assigned to kill a beautiful young girl. Once he decides he can't go through with it (because he has a penis), the two of them go on the run and learn exactly why she's being targeted and by whom. At $25 million, this is basically the mid-budgeted »
Things were not going well for James Cameron in the spring of 1982. He was just five days into what is supposed to be his debut as a director, the low-budget horror sequel Piranha II: The Spawning, and the project had gone sour.
Producer Ovidio Assonitis had no intention of letting Cameron make the film his own way (Assonitis had a track record of firing directors and taking over projects himself), and before long the director found himself stuck in Rome, jobless, and struck down with a fever. It was then that Cameron had the nightmare which would change the course of his career.
He dreamt of a horrifying metal being, clawing its way towards out of a sheet of fire, clutching a pair of kitchen knives. It was the seed that »
Zoe Saldana and husband Marco Perego are expecting. The Guardians of the Galaxy star is pregnant, her publicist confirms to The Hollywood Reporter. Photos 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Premiere: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel Make Their Marvel Debuts Saldana, whose star turns include roles in Avatar, Star Trek Into Darkness and the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, wed Italian artist Perego last year in a ceremony reportedly in London. In January, the actress finalized a deal to star in three sequels to James Cameron's hit 2009 sci-fi epic Avatar. Photos Zoe Saldana's Style The couple appeared together at the
- THR Staff
How different would the movie industry be today if “The Terminator,” as we know it, didn’t hit theaters three decades ago? Where would Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career have ended up? As the oral history over at EW shows, things could turned out very wrong for James Cameron and his iconic sci-fi film. Of all the new information in the oral history, the craziest and shocking detail is that the casting for the film had some interesting possibilities, namely that Orion president Mike Medavoy told Cameron and co-writer/producer Gale Ann Hurd that he wanted, “O.J. Simpson for the Terminator and Arnold Schwarzenegger for the good guy, whatever his name is.” Yes, that O.J. Simpson. Why? As the former studio chief said, “At the time, O.J. Simpson had one of those commercials for Hertz where he jumped over a counter and ran to get a rental car. It was all of that stuff, »
- Cain Rodriguez
To say it has been a very successful year for 20th Century Fox would be an understatement as news comes in today that the studio has crossed the $2 million mark domestically and $3 billion globally for 2014. They are the first studio to do so this year.
X-Men: Days of Future Past has been a huge help to this number, having taken $735 million worldwide.
20th Century Fox have now hit $2 billion globally for the last six years in a row.
Here are the big contributors:
Grand Budapest Hotel ($168 million)
Rio 2 ($490 million)
The Other Woman ($195 million)
X-Men: Days of Future Past ($735 million)
The Fault in our Stars ($243 million)
How to Train Your Dragon 2 ($366 million)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($132 million)
- Luke Owen
Reading Entertainment Weekly’s "oral history" of the 1984 sci-fi classic, "The Terminator," in celebration of its 30th year since its release, I came across this section from the lengthy piece that I thought was well-worth sharing. It's part of the conversation between director James Cameron, then Orion Pictures chief Mike Medavoy (the company that backed the film), and star Arnold Schwarzenegger, as they recall when Orion Pictures proposed that the production should star then retired NFL star O.J. Simpson as the lethal killing machine from the future. Cameron Medavoy came to me and Gale and he said, “Are you sitting down? You must sit down. I want O.J. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
In EW’s oral history of the 1984 sci-fi classic, director James Cameron recalls his reaction when Orion Pictures proposed the retired NFL superstar as the lethal killing machine from the future. “ Medavoy came to me and and he said, ‘Are you sitting down? You must sit down. I want O.J. Simpson for the Terminator. Gale and I just looked at each other and thought, ‘You’ve got to be f- - -ing kidding me. How do we get out of this?”
“That did come out of my mouth,” Medavoy says. “At the time, O.J. Simpson »
- Joe McGovern
Thirty years ago, a killing machine from 2029—assuming the form of an Austrian bodybuilder—arrived with a lethal directive to alter the future. That he certainly did. The Terminator, made for $6.4 million by a couple of young disciples of B-movie king Roger Corman, became one of the defining sci-fi touchstones of all time. Its $38 million gross placed it outside of the top-20 box-office releases for 1984, yet the film grew into a phenomenon, spawning a five-picture franchise that’s taken in $1.4 billion to date and securing a place on the National Film Registry, which dubbed it “among the finest science-fiction films in many decades. »
- Joe McGovern
It's the 1969 Academy Awards, and Walter Matthau and a tuxedo-clad chimp present John Chambers with an honorary Oscar for his work on Planet of the Apes. Viewed in retrospect it's one of the more surreal presentations in the ceremony's history, but this was something of a landmark event for the industry. It was only the second time the Academy had dished out a prize to make-up artists (William J Tuttle won four years earlier for 7 Faces of Dr Lao), and it highlighted the growing importance of Hollywood's backstage creative artists.
Fast-forward 45 years and prosthetics are giving way to digital pixels - for characters that require a complexity of movement and expression, performance capture technology gives a director the scope to execute their vision by marrying an actor's performance with visual effects. In its basic form, the actor will strap on a bodysuit that's wired up to a computer. All their »
James Cameron will be at the Deauville American Film Festival in September to present his latest film Deepsea Challenge 3D (which also opens in French cinemas on Sept 17).
“Deepsea Challenge 3D resembles James Cameron in its audacity, its generosity and its commitment to change the spectator’s view of the world. Through his work and the emotion it inspires, he has awoken consciences, while at the same time transforming movie-making, taking it to a previously unknown dimension of pleasure,” said Deauville festival director Bruno Barde.
“It is fitting that for its 40 years of existence, the Deauville American Film Festival is honoring this outstanding filmmaker, creating the Fortieth Anniversary Award specially for him. This award will be presented to him at the awards ceremony on September 13.” »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a film about apes. The title isn't misleading or a metaphor or anything. This is a movie about primates and though there are human protagonists sharing screentime and functioning as significant pieces in the plot, it's very much an ape affair. Key characters - Caesar, Cornelia, Koba - are all chimpanzees.
Actually, that's not completely true. In fact it's a damn dirty ape lie for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a work of great deception. This fresh bestial blockbuster employs the most state-of-art moviemaking technology to achieve its trickery, ironically bringing the primitive world to visceral life on screen by using the most advanced techniques available.
The truth about those convincing, hyper-real chimpanzees? Caesar is played by Andy Serkis, »
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Even ignoring that, its box office gross was a solid $403 million, ensuring Fox were eager to press on with a follow-up, tentatively titled Paradise, which would presumably see sole survivor Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) carrying android David’s (Michael Fassbender) head with her to the Engineer homeworld in order to find out why they wanted to wipe out humanity.
Though we can’t deny that there’s at least some interesting potential there, we’re still waiting on tenterhooks for a fifth Alien film, something both James Cameron and Ridley Scott expressed an interest in pursuing last decade (with Cameron writing and Scott directing), though Cameron has changed his mind since the AvP movies happened, »
- Jack Pooley
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