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Helen Murdoch on five films that have really divided opinion...
Man of Steel has taken the UK and Us box office by storm but it has divided cinemagoers and critics alike. Some have hailed Zack Snyder’s all actioner, whereas others have condemned its uneven storytelling and hectic action. Watching a film is always a deeply personal experience and one film can be adored by millions and equally hated by millions. That got me thinking about what other films have sparked such fierce debate amongst movie goers...
You only have to type Prometheus into Google to see the range of criticism and appreciation for Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien-verse. Some hailed it as a return to form and welcomed the return of the Xenomorph. On the other hand people hated Scott’s new incarnation so much that there are hundreds of blogs dedicated to Prometheus criticism. »
- Flickering Myth
"2001: A Space Odyssey," "Blade Runner," "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind," "The Tree Of Life"...the resume of VFX legend Douglas Trumbull pretty much speaks for itself. But he's also been a filmmaker as well, helming two oddities from the '70s and '80s -- "Silent Running" and "Brainstorm" (the latter notable for being the film Natalie Wood died while making) -- but hasn't done anything since except for a few shorts and some theme park stuff. But he's got some big plans...if the technology can arrive to make it happen... Trumbull has quietly been assembling a short film entitled "Ufotog," a new ten-minute movie about a photographer trying to snap a photo of a UFO or something that is boasting some big, orgasmic tech details for those of you who are into that sort of thing. You see, it was shot in 4K 3D, on 3D »
- Kevin Jagernauth
From Mother Nature Network's Michael d'Estries:
James Cameron is still a vegan — and he picked a massive celebration to remind the world.
The 58-year-old filmmaker and ocean explorer was honored on June 13 during the National Geographic Society's 125th anniversary gala with “Explorer of the Year” for his successful solo dive last year to the deepest point of the Pacific Ocean. During his speech, Cameron urged the packed house of scientists and explorers to consider dropping animal products and reap the benefits.
“I’ve had an epiphany recently,” Cameron said. “I want to challenge all of you as people of deep conscience, people who are environment stewards of the earth and oceans … By changing what you eat, you will change the entire contract between the human species and the natural world."
Cameron, who announced he'd gone vegan in October of last year, told the crowd that the switch had a huge impact on him. »
- James Gerken
Special effects maestro is preparing directorial comeback with films shot with latest higher frame rate technology
One of the most revered figures in science fiction film-making, the director and visual effects expert Douglas Trumbull, is planning his first feature films in more than 30 years.
Trumbull, who worked on the groundbreaking effects for films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner, as well as directing cult classics such as 1971's environmentally themed Silent Running, has two full-length projects in the works. Both are taking advantage of higher frame rate technology, similar to that used by Peter Jackson on his Hobbit films, and will go into production once Trumbull has completed an experimental short using the same process. Intriguingly, the film-maker is working in 3D at an unprecedented 120 frames per second, more than twice the speed of the 48 frames per second rate used by Jackson.
Trumbull, 71, largely left the film »
- Ben Child
We know Terminator 5 has been picked up by Paramount Pictures, along with Megan Ellison and her brother David. However, the Ellisons only have claim over the rights until the year 2019. What happens to the franchise after that, you ask? The rights to The Terminator franchise will be regained by James Cameron, director of the ’84 original.
The financing details are as such: Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures, who staked her claim on the fifth installment last year, will account for 33%. David Ellison and his company Skydance Productions will also contribute 33%. The rest will go to Paramount. This is not the first time Annapurna and Skydance have teamed up, as the recent Tom Cruise actioner Jack Reacher was also a product of their partnership.
- Katherine Kranz
With B.O. rising by nearly 30% every year, small wonder that China’s film festivals are attracting more attention, and with that attention, competition.
The well-established jewel in the crown, the Shanghai Intl. Film Festival, which runs June 15-23 in China’s financial capital, has seen a rival festival rise in China’s political capital, Beijing, where many of the country’s filmmakers are choosing to base themselves to be near the main decision-making bodies.
Beijing is home to the Film Bureau and to China Film Group, the two state-owned entities that decide whether a film lives or dies in China, regardless if it’s from the biggest studio in Hollywood or from a neophyte indie Beijing helmer.
With this kind of muscle to compete against, »
- Clifford Coonan
Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to the role that established him as one of the world’s biggest movie stars. At the 21st Century Financial Education Summit in Australia, the former California governor told an audience that he’ll be back as the Terminator. “I’m very happy that the studios want me to be in Terminator 5 and to star as the Terminator, which we start shooting in January…” Schwarzenegger said.
Schwarzenegger starred in the first three Terminator films, the first two »
- Jeff Labrecque
Washington, Jun 4 : Arnold Schwarznegger has reportedly revealed that he will star in 'Terminator 5' and shooting on the sci-fi action film will begin in January 2014.
Schwarznegger apparently said at the 21st Century Financial Education Summit in Australia that he is happy that the studios want him to be in Terminator 5, Contactmusic reported.
It is also said that Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis, friend of James Cameron have been hired to write the script for the sequel, while paramount is being considered to distribute the movie. (Ani) »
- Anita Agarwal
News Simon Brew 14 Jun 2013 - 06:41
It looks as if the brand new Terminator film is finally starting to get somewhere. Earlier this week, it was revealed that Paramount Pictures was picking up distribution rights to Terminator 5. And Arnold Schwarzenegger has now confirmed to TheArnoldFans that the film is going to start shooting in January 2014.
It'd be easy for us to read too much into this, but is Schwarzenegger inferring there that he might be the single Terminator in the movie, going back to the approach of the very first movie? »
Roger Corman is a living legend. The "King of the B's" has an extensive film library that he'd like to share with the world via YouTube's new subscription service. For a measly four bucks a month, you essentially get your own personal film school. Corman had an eye for great stories, marketability and fresh talent — having given numerous filmmakers and stars their first big break, including Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, James Cameron, Ron Howard and Martin Scorsese. The successful independent genre director wrote a fantastic book about his career, How I Made a Hundred Movies In Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime, and his new YouTube project would make an excellent supplement to the text. Corman's Drive-in offers audiences unlimited...
- Alison Nastasi
With the James Cameron-created classic killer robot franchise looking at a move to Paramount Pictures, plans are certainly in motion for the next futuristic instalment. Patrick Lussier, who co-wrote and directed Nic Cage bonkers actioner Drive Angry 3D, and Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) were recently confirmed as the writers to sci-fi sequel. Now we have a quote from the hulking actor made a superstar by the violent groundbreaking 1984 effort, who confirms Terminator 5 isn’t as far away as you may think.
I’m very happy that the studios want me to be in ‘Terminator 5′ and to star as the Terminator. We start shooting in January and I’m also going to do ‘King Conan’. To play that role and also to do another ‘Twins’ movie. I feel very proud of that. I feel very happy and I’m looking forward to doing those films.
Arnie’s first »
- Craig Hunter
Annapurna Pictures purchased the rights to the "Terminator" May 2011, with the stipulation that if nothing is done with the property by a specific date, screen rights would revert back to "Terminator" co-creators James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd.
"The Terminator" released in 1984, was inspired by themes and premises by science fiction author Harlan Ellison, then scripted by Gale Anne Hurd and Cameron, with direction by Cameron, after Roger Corman passed on the project.
- Michael Stevens
… and it’ll be The Terminator itself.
Despite turning 65-years-old next month, Arnie has agreed to once again go under heavy make-up and likely de-ageing CGI effects to play a robot who shouldn’t have aged at all in the three decades that has passed since James Cameron released the original film. How they will address the fact he has aged like a human, or whether they pretend he hasn’t, we can’t yet say. Maybe they’ll be a storyline reason, maybe they won’t… but the ravages of time will be there for everyone to see anyway.
TheArnoldFans.com once again have the scoop on Arnie confirming his specific role in the movie, which may also confirm that Arnie will have top billing;
- Matt Holmes
On the heels of the news that Terminator 5 may be heading to Paramount to begin filming in 2014 comes the latest news on the character Arnold Schwarzenegger will play in the latest sequel to the James Cameron classic. While Schwarzenegger has appeared in all four movies so far, his cameo in Terminator: Salvation was more of a CGI trick instead of an actual appearance. Speculation has been that Schwarzenegger will be playing a human character who serves as the model for the T-800 from the »
- Alex Maidy
It was just reported that Megan Ellison (Zero Dark Thirty) and David Ellison (World War Z), the children of billionaire Oracle founder Larry Ellison, have partnered with Paramount Pictures to bring "Terminator 5" to the big screen. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently confirmed that "Terminator 5" is one of three films (including "Triplets" and "Conan") that he's set to return for. And now, during the 21st Century Financial Education Summit in Perth, Australia, the actor revealed that "'Terminator 5" starts filming early 2014." It seems that Paramount has made the project a priority. And for good reason, since the rights to the franchise revert back to James Cameron in 2019. The goal has been to make two more installments, but the hope is to also squeeze in a third one. »
As many concerned television executives will tell you, Americans rarely sit down to watch TV at the same time anymore — unless an awards show is on, that is, in which case everyone orders a pizza and fires up Twitter simultaneously, so that we can all snark on celebrities in real time. It’s our new national pastime. So in that spirit, here are Vulture’s ten favorite moments from awards-show telecasts from the past year. It probably isn't a surprise to learn that Amy Poehler features heavily. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes You want a single joke? Okay, fine. How about the James Cameron one? Or when they made Daniel Day-Lewis do the little E.T. finger? Or Amy Poehler’s fake teeth? Or Amy Poehler sitting on George Clooney’s lap? Yeah, sorry, can’t pick just one. “Mandy Patinkin, holla.” — Claire Danes at the Emmys »
- Amanda Dobbins
Trevor Hogg chats with Primetime Emmy-winner Everett Burrell about his career, the visual effects industry and working for Look Effects...
Ray Harryhausen and Everett Burrell“Growing up my dad was a musician and my mom was artist,” recalls Everett Burrell who drew and painted as a child. “My little kids draw and paint now, and they’re only three and two. It’s in the blood.” A fascination with special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen (Clash of the Titans) expanded into a business venture with John Vulich (Lost Boys). “I was into creature effects and props when I was younger. I had a company called Optic Nerve Studios where I did zombies and creatures. I started playing with the computer in 1989 and I’ve loved it ever since. I loved the control and flexibility but I still respect effects. My heart is in the hands on stuff.” The interest in the »
It's hard to believe in this era of 3D, CGI and Twitter feeds full of "Game Of Thrones" spoilers, but there was once a time when radio was king. And before he made one of the greatest movies of all time with "Citizen Kane," Orson Welles was a master of the airwaves. This was never more evident that his October 30, 1938 broadcast adaptation of H.G. Wells' iconic "War Of The Worlds." Presented in the format of fake news bulletins, the show was a hit but it was so good, that many listeners thought they were listening to updates from a real alien invasion, a situation not helped by the fact that there were no commercial breaks. It has gone down in history, enshrined at National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. And yet, it continues to fascinate. Indeed, James Cameron himself hosted a 1998 TV special for the Sci-Fi Channel, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures and David Ellison's Skydance Productions are determined to get a Terminator 5 into production. I'm actually surprised it isn't farther along. Slowly but surely a new Terminator movie will go into production.
The production companies have been looking for a major studio to team up with to help bring this movie to the big screen, and now they're negotiations with Paramount Pictures.
Earlier this year is was reported that Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis would write the script for the fifth installment of the franchise. Lussier brought us terrible films such as Drive Angry and My Bloody Valentine 3D, and Kalogridis wrote some decent films such as Shutter Island and helped with James Cameron's Avatar. It's an interesting team, and the idea behind bringing these two writers together was that Kalogridis would be good for providing a solid story and psychological elements, and Lussier »
- Joey Paur
According to reports in The Wrap today it looks like the next home of The Terminator franchise is set to be one of Hollywood’s oldest studios, Paramount Pictures. The site reports that Annapurna and Skydance are negotiating with the studio to bring the next movie in the hit franchise to cinema screens. That would be a fifth movie in the franchise which started all of the way back in 1984 in the original, which was directed by James Cameron.
Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) and Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) are writing the screenplay for the next movie, which could see the proper return of the original star, and indeed the Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Source: The Wrap
- Paul Heath
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