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VFX veteran Douglas Trumbull has revealed that he's had discussions with James Cameron's producing partner Jon Landau about potentially using Trumbull's Magi technology on the upcoming "Avatar" sequels.
Trumbull has developing a filming system that shoots 4K 3D at 120 frames per second, one that could overcome some of the issues with Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" films which were shot at 48 frames per second rather than the 24 frames per second of standard film. Trumbull tells THR:
"I know that Cameron admired Showscan and that he is a huge advocate of high frame rates [HFRs]. The use of HFRs for Avatar would be very appropriate and very successful. I don't know if Cameron is interested [in using Magi for the Avatar sequels]. He's in seclusion writing the screenplay for Avatar . I am talking to Jon Landau, and we plan to have a screening [of Ufotog] soon."
"Ufotog" refers to a ten minute, demonstrative and experimental sci-fi adventure film which showcases the technology. »
- Garth Franklin
Though the Michael Bay produced adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mostly left something to be desired (some inexplicably liked it), little criticism could be thrown at the visual effects. The motion-capture performance of the turtles themselves actually looked crisp, realistic and very well done, even if the rest of the film didn't make any damn sense. Now a cool featurette from Wired (via io9) looks at how they were brought to life with motion-capture technology. More specifically, it focuses on how the facial movements of the actors on set were translated to the final computer generated turtles. You'll also find out how the best scene in the film wasn't in the script. We wish more of that creativity was in the film. Watch! Here's the featurette on the facial motion-capture in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Wired: The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as »
- Ethan Anderton
Director Peter Jackson helped push the envelope of frame rate technology by presenting The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in the high frame rate (Hfr) of 48 frames per second, double the industry standard of 24 Fps. Now it seems filmmaker James Cameron may go even further with his upcoming Avatar sequels, Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 by filming at 120 frames per second.
Douglas Trumbull, who developed a 4K 3D system that is shot at 120 Fps dubbed Magi, revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he has spoken with James Cameron's producing partner Jon Landau about using this technology on the Avatar follow-ups. Here's what Douglas Trumbull had to say about setting up a screening of his short film Utofog, which showcases the Magi technology.
"I know that Cameron admired Showscan [Trumbull's earlier invention of a large-format high-frame rate projection system] and that he is a huge advocate of high frame »
Directed by David Ayer.
Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.
Skip Woods is the luckiest man in Hollywood right now, if not the world. Since 2001 he has been paid to write scripts for a living yet has never once showed he has the talent to warrant any future employment. If I were as bad at my day job as he is at his, I would have been fired a long, long time ago. I can only assume he has photos of important Hollywood players doing things they wish no one knew about.
This is the man who, let us never forget, defecated on the Die Hard series before audiences’ very eyes »
- Gary Collinson
The box office weekend was down again from 2013 with last year’s number one, Insidious Chapter 2, taking more than $12 million from this week’s chart topper.
Knocking Guardians of the Galaxy from its four weeks on top is the home invasion thriller No Good Deed starring Idris Elba. Made for around $13, No Good Deed opened in just over 2,000 screens to earn an impressive $24.5 million, making it an instant box office success.
Taking the number two slot is family sequel Dolphin Tale 2 with a decent $16.6 million. While the taking and chart placement is good, it is down on its predecessor which took $19.1 million in less theatres in its opening weekend.
And after four weeks at the top of the chart, the summer’s biggest movie Guardians of the Galaxy falls to third with a taking of $8 million bringing its domestic total to $306 million and its domestic total to $305.6 million. Guardians of the Galaxy »
- Luke Owen
“Critics don’t matter,” the refrain often goes, but the truth is it's a little bit more complicated than that. Audiences use critics selectively as guides. So when a critical consensus says Michael Bay’s latest “Transformers” isn’t worth seeing, well, audiences tend to go regardless. But sharp drop-off attendance suggests audiences were at least aware of the critical narrative. And then there are the times when critics tell you a movie is incredible, perhaps “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” “Boyhood” or “Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes,” and audiences come out in droves. Perhaps they were going to attend regardless, but where critical opinion really matters is around those films that audiences are feeling pretty unsure about already. They might read their favorite sites, see mixed reviews, and then decide to stay home. This year’s poor box-office, the worst in a decade or more, could be a testament to behavior. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Firestorm A.K.A Fung Bou (2013) Review Script60% Directing82% Acting77% Photography82% Score70% Action75%PositivesUnrelentingImaginativeNegativesToo much post-proA little overwrought74%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (1 Vote)69%
‘Firestorm‘ is a story about law and justice. Or, maybe, about justice or law. While justice is almost nothing more than a moral sense, law must be somehow “material”, predictable, replicable… so it need rules. Whatever has rules is a game, and there isn’t any more efficient way to win a game than to break the rules, if you can get away with it. If the game is “cops and robbers”, the latter have an obvious advantage, because they aren’t even supposed to follow any rules. That’s until, maybe, some fed up cop decides to play the law game no more and finally get some justice. No, ‘Firestorm’ isn’t a Bronson’s movie remake (though it’s high time for some to come, don’t you think? »
- Miguel Angel Aijon
From the Toronto International Film Festival, Adam Cook and Daniel Kasman continue our series of festival dialogues. Johnnie To's Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2 had its world premiere in Tiff's Special Presentations section.
Adam Cook: Here we are again, talking To. It's frustrating how many times I've encountered a dismissive attitude towards Johnnie To's romantic comedies. I realize even the director himself disassociates from them, but, and especially with his most recent works, the rom-coms have been as formally intricate and as impressively crafted as his more revered crime films. As everyone was praising Drug War, it was Romancing in Thin Air that stood out for me. Before that there was Don't Go Breaking My Heart (written on here by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky), an impossibly entertaining love triangle in the big city movie, that while over the top and silly, had some of To's most impressive images »
- Adam Cook
Marvel Studios and Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy has cleared the $600 million mark at the worldwide box office, following its equally remarkable achievement of becoming the top film of the summer in North America. On Friday, the quirky tentpole hit $300 million at the troubled domestic box office, becoming the first film of the year to achieve that milestone. Internationally, Guardians cleared the $300 million mark on Saturday, pushing its total past $600 million. Worldwide, Paramount and Michael Bay's Age of Extinction remains the year's leader by far, with a global gross of $1.077 billion. Guardians ranks No.
- Pamela McClintock
From the outside, working in Hollywood looks like the cushty job around. Make pretend in front of a camera all day, make a billion dollars, go hang out at the Olive Garden, drive sports cars around, have any accidental deaths be covered up for you by your agent – yep, life’s pretty sweet for the movie stars. And it’s all so easy! You barely even have to do anything. Or so it appears. In fact the men, women and children who provide us a ninety minute respite from our terrible lives during a trip to the multiplex have it a damn sight harder than you think.
It may seem like it’s all sitting around on green screens and having all the hard work done by CGI monkeys in post-production, acting can be a pretty gruelling process. You could have to inhabit a particularly intense or unlikeable character, »
- Tom Baker
ComingSoon.net has your exclusive first look at a behind-the-scenes clip from the Digital and Blu-ray release of Transformers: Age of Extinction featuring an intro by stars Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz. The Michael Bay-directed film will be available digitally on September 16 and on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack on September 30. You can view the full list of features here. »
TNT is heading back to trial with Murder in the First. The summer drama has been renewed for an additional 10-episode season. Ordering more of the Steven Bochco-produced serial is another vote of confidence in what proved to be a pretty solid summer for the cable network. Michael Bay's Last Ship received an early greenlight for a sophomore run — and though the word is still out on Howard Gordon-produced Legends, it only debuted recently and enjoyed strong premiere ratings. Murder in the First wasn't a lock for a renewal — hence the delay; it last aired
- Michael O'Connell
Mondo recently released four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles prints created by four different artists. Each one represents one of the four different eras of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The first one comes from Tom Whalen and represents the 1980's classic animated cartoon series. The second is by Rich Kelly and was inspired by the 1990 live action film. Jc Richard's piece pays homage the the original Eastman/Laird comics. And the last piece was done by Andrew Kolb, which represents the new Tmnt cartoon series currently airing on Nickelodeon. I love that they just bypassed the Michael Bay-produced movie, which was a joke.
- Joey Paur
TNT is nearing a pilot deal for a new TV series based on the popular DC Comics title Teen Titans, which will simply be called Titans. The character Nightwing will lead the group, with the pilot being co-written by Akiva Goldsman, best known for his I Am Legend and A Beautiful Mind screenplays.
Akiva Goldsman is co-penning the pilot script with Marc Haimes, an executive turned writer. Titans centers on former Batman side-kick Dick Grayson (aka Robin) who emerges from the shadows of The Dark Knight as Nightwing to lead his own fearless band of superheroes, which may include Starfire and Raven. While no other characters are mentioned by name in the source story, also part of the group in the DC Comics and animated series are Cyborg (rumored to be making an appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Beast Boy and Terra. It is not known which »
Transitioning from the TV industry to running a film studio hasn’t fared well for Rich Ross and Gail Berman, whose stints at the top of Disney and Paramount lasted around two years. Can Turner Broadcasting’s Michael Wright do any better at DreamWorks?
The films he inherits include Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book “The Bfg,” which will hit theaters on July 1, 2016, and a Cold War spy thriller starring Tom Hanks that he also will direct. There’s also “The Light Between Ocean,” which started production this month, an adaptation of “The Ghost in the Shell” that Rupert Saunders will direct and “Las Madres.”
Here’s what Wright tells Variety he’s learned by watching the film industry from the sidelines, and launching hit series like Michael Bay’s “The Last Ship,” “The Closer” spinoff “Major Crimes,” “Legends,” “Rizzoli & Isles” and DreamWorks’ “Falling Skies »
- Marc Graser
As Hollywood looks for an answer to the audience’s seemingly insatiable thirst for excitement and high-stakes thrills, more and more risky stunts become the inevitable crowning glory of certain types of blockbuster. Michael Bay would be nothing without his pockets full of explosion and fans of the Fast & Furious franchise would turn off if the next instalment didn’t raise the stakes for the characters, but also for the cast members.
That blood-lust in even mainstream audiences is built on the lie that their favourite actors are willing to put themselves through ridiculous hardships, and put themselves on the knife’s sharpest edge in the name of entertainment, and there’s something of the Colosseum in that dynamic. As those characters dice with death, our pulses race, or senses heighten and the thrills roll in, but with the comforting safety net that nobody really got hurt, and »
- Simon Gallagher
Transformers: Age Of Extinction - The film begins after an epic battle that left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history… while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world. Transformers 4 will be directed by Michael Bay, from a script written by Ehren Kruger. The cast includes: Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammar, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci and Jack Reynor. Set for release on June 27th, 2014! »
We reviewed Transformers: Age of Extinction and They Came Together… together, even though Shane didn’t get to catch the second one with me, mainly because we needed something to balance out the Michael Bay.
Transformers had us differing a bit, and not in the way either one of us expected. I gave it a higher rating than I would have guessed, and Shane was less forgiving than I’d have thought. It all came down to how much we were willing to forgive the more ridiculous notes the film shoved at us, and I ultimately had to admit that there were moments that were pretty fun.
Of course, there were a lot of parts that were too outlandish to do anything with, which is why neither one of us could give it anything like a positive rating, but if you’re just out for some wild, Bay fun, you »
- Marc Eastman
Charles Ratteray ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") is a professional concept and storyboard artist, who has worked on numerous big-budget productions. He recently designed storyboards for the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which he posted on his fansite. They reveal a slightly different encounter between April O'Neil (Megan Fox) and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on a rooftop in New York. As you'll surely remember, after the Foot Soldiers were defeated by the Turtles, April chases after them. She climbs up a building via a fire escape. Once she gets to the top she sees her shadowy heroes celebrating their accomplishments and she snaps a picture of them. The storyboards below, feature this scene but with some different dialogue and a harsher reaction to April's candid photo. Instead of Donnie wiping the image from April's phone, it is crushed by one of them. Check it out. »
Update, Monday, 3:35 Pm: Overseas actuals have been logged for Lucy, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Hercules, Into The Storm, Tmnt, The Fault In Their Stars, If I Stay, 22 Jump Street, Sex Tape, Deliver Us From Evil, Boyhood, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Let’s Be Cops, Step Up: All In, As Above, So Below, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Relatos Salvajes. Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore rom com Blended flew past $80M abroad, a bonus considering the film flatlined stateside, next to the duo’s previous outings, with $46.3M. Total global stands at $126.3M. More to come. — Anthony D’Alessandro contributing with Monday actuals.
Previous, Sunday, 4:15 Pm Pt: This weekend domestically is projected to be the lowest grossing of 2014, off 23% from a year ago. And yet, the international frame is »
- Nancy Tartaglione
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