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The proliferation of quality television programs like “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones” has blurred the lines between small and big screen.
These shows aren’t just well-written and acted. They are painstakingly composed, benefiting from a cinematic quality that was absent in earlier eras of adult-driven programming.
Based on footage and studio presentations this week at CinemaCon, big screen auteurs such as Ang Lee, Robert Zemeckis and Alejandro González Iñárritu may be pushing back against the television revolution. The technologies and techniques used on films such as “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” and “The Revenant” can radicalize filmmaking and redefine the boundaries of cinema.
Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” will be the first film in history to be shot in 120 frames per-second, which he told exhibitors will create a greater sense of immediacy and will help the film’s 3D crackle.
Zemeckis is also deploying 3D with “The Walk, »
- Brent Lang
“A powerful and gripping tale of revenge” and “A powerful and primal coming of age story that’s an absolute adrenaline rush” are just some of the words of praise Peter Jackson and James Cameron have respectively given "The Dead Lands." The three-time New Zealand Film And TV Award-winner is landing stateside, and today we have an exclusive look at the bloody opening sequence of the film. Read More: King Of The World: The Films Of James Cameron Directed by Toa Fraser, and starring James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan, George Henare, Raukura Turei, and Rena Owen, the story follows a Maori chieftain's teenage son who must avenge his father's murder in order to bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones after his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery. But it won't be easy going and this opening scene shows the »
- Edward Davis
Ang Lee is one of a small number of filmmakers we trust with seemingly gimmicky innovations. His adaptation of Life of Pi provided us with further reason to accept that 3D can be an artistic tool and not just a means for Hollywood to increase ticket prices. Now, we can put our faith in the concept of high frame rate, as Lee's next feature, the 3D war movie Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, will reportedly be shot digitally at 4K resolution and 120 frames per second. You are probably now thinking of Peter Jackson, another filmmaker we've tended to trust with new cinema technology. He shot all three Hobbit movies at 48 frames per second, but after viewers reacted negatively to its employment on the first installment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey...
- Christopher Campbell
“We’ll give him more than chains. He’s always been king of his world, but we’ll teach him fear. We’re millionaires, boys. I’ll share it with all of you. Why, in a few months, it’ll be up in lights on Broadway: Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World!”
Doors open at 6:30pm. $6 suggested for the screening. A yummy variety of food from Schlafly’s kitchen is available as are plenty of pints of their famous home-brewed suds. A bartender will be on hand to take care of you. “Culture Shock” is the name of a film series here in St. Louis that is the cornerstone project of a social enterprise that is an ongoing source of support for Helping Kids Together (http://www. »
- Tom Stockman
Once upon a time, to cast Russell Crowe in a film was to immediately give the project a pedigree. He gave undeniable gravitas to period pieces like Cinderella Man and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, just a few years after getting three straight Best Actor Oscar nominations (and one win, for Gladiator). In the last few years, however, he has become a kind of Hollywood punching bag, mainly for his emotionless turn as Jor-El in Man of Steel and his fruitless attempt at playing Javert in Les Misérables. (His howlingly inept turn in Winter’s Tale is a footnote, since very few had the misfortune of seeing that abysmal drama.)
In a bit of good news, Crowe’s feature directorial debut, The Water Diviner, is a step in the right direction – even if it is a largely hit-and-miss affair. One can clearly see the influence of Crowe’s collaborators, »
- Jordan Adler
Both James Cameron and Peter Jackson love The Dead Lands. That’s a pretty amazing endorsement. Written by Glenn Standring and directed by Toa Fraser, the raw action movie is about a young warrior who must avenge his father’s death by traveling across the treacherous dead lands to forge an alliance with an stranger. This small, New Zealand-based […]
- Germain Lussier
One-of-a-kind action adventure film The Dead Lands is out in the UK in May. Here's a new trailer...
Here's an action film with a refreshingly different look and feel. Set in an unspecified time in New Zealand's history, it's about a young warrior (James Rolleston) and his search for the villains who killed his father and ransacked his village. The hero's journey takes him into the darkest reaches of the country, the Dead Lands of the film's title, where he encounters a fearsome, cannibalistic "monster" (Lawrence Makoare).
"Goon" film star Seann William Scott has revealed that a sequel to the hockey comedy is set to start filming in a couple of months time. In a new Reddit Ama, Scott says he's been fight-training for the past month and begins work with an Mma fighter next month ahead of some skating lessons.
Ang Lee confirmed at Sony's CinemaCon presentation that he will shoot all of his military drama "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk" in 3D and at a ultra-high frame rate of 120 frames per second - twice that of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" film trilogy.
This marks the first film ever shot entirely at the 120 fps and is aimed at immersing viewers in »
- Garth Franklin
We all thought we were done with High Frame Rate projection after The Hobbit, but it looks like that's not the case. During Sony Picture's annual presentation at CinemaCon this week, director Ang Lee appeared in a recorded video from the set of his new film based on the book Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. He talked about how making Life of Pi in 3D taught him how remarkable of a filmmaking tool 3D is. He has since explored new filmmaking technology even further, deciding to shoot this next film at 120 Fps (frames per second) and in 3D (again). No footage was shown, and they didn't mention anything else about it being released in Hfr, but it sounds like Lee is now getting into Hfr after James Cameron and Peter Jackson. It was also mentioned this is the first time any film has been filmed fully in 120Fps. Cameron and »
- Alex Billington
Lee discussed the film — his first since he won an Oscar for directing “Life of Pi” — as part of Sony’s CinemaCon presentation on Wednesday in a special video message from the set in Georgia. He said it will be the first film ever shot entirely at the 120 frames per second rate, which is aimed at immersing viewers in modern-day military combat that soldiers experience.
Sony executives have been touting the notion that they are pushing ahead on the technical front in filming. Lee had previously announced that he is using the Sony F65 camera and shooting at the ultra-high frame rate — more than twice the rate at which Peter Jackson shot the last two Hobbit films.
Sony has dated “Billy Lynn’s Long »
- Dave McNary
Director: Peter Jackson
Running Time: 144 Minutes
Extras: Recruiting the Five Armies, Completing Middle Earth, ‘The Last Goodbye’ Music Video, New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth Part 3.
When it was originally announced The Hobbit would be divided into three films, I wasn’t sure why it was necessary and after a long year wait for the finale since the vivacious Smaug outing, we head into The Battle Of The Five Armies and on reflection… I feel despondently justified.
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies is not a bad movie but after the epic build-up in The Desolation Of Smaug, we’re thrown bang in the middle of the action and, for me, it doesn’t work very well. It’s not that the spectacle isn’t glorious but »
- Dan Bullock
The immediate draw to The Water Diviner is to settle in for Russell Crowe's directorial debut. From the outside the story doesn't exactly inspire a "must see" attitude and, to be entirely honest, the film itself is passably mediocre. Not a great time at the movies, not a bad time, but simply a time. Crowe seems to be experimenting at times with his camerawork and a couple of curious zoom in close-ups caught me a little off-guard, but it's a good start with some of the editorial decisions seeming more defensive than anything else, attempting to ensure he had all his ducks in a row rather than getting too experimental with the overall final cut. On top of directing, Crowe also stars as the film's main character, Joshua Connor, an Australian farmer whose world is torn apart following the end of the Battle of Gallipoli. Four years after his three sons died in battle, »
- Brad Brevet
Director Christopher Nolan has come aboard Martin Scorsese's film preservation nonprofit Film Foundation, which has resurrected classics since 1990 including Powell and Pressburger's "Tales of Hoffmann" earlier this year. He joins a top-drawer coterie of members that already includes Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Curtis Hanson, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, George Lucas, Alexander Payne, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg. Nolan, like Scorsese, has long been outspoken and passionate about celluloid, and prefers to shoot his movies on film. At a recent Getty Museum summit, as reported by Variety, Christopher Nolan made a rallying cry to save the medium: "There’s a reason filmmakers get very excited about shooting film and seeing film prints, and we have to communicate that to audiences around the world." Read More: How Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker Restored the Luster of Michael Powell and »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Scorsese, the founder and chair of the organization, noted that Nolan has been a longtime advocate of sustaining celluloid film in the digital era.
“Chris’s passion, knowledge and dedication to film is unparalleled,” he said. “He spearheaded the growing movement to ensure that film stock continues to be available for production and preservation. I know that his commitment to film and its preservation will be enormously helpful to the work of the foundation.”
Nolan’s “Interstellar” opened first at 240 film-using theaters in the U.S. last November, two days prior to its wide release in theaters using digital projection. Nolan shot the movie with a combination of 35mm anamorphic film and 65mm Imax.
“I’m honored to become a part of the pioneering and essential work of Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, »
- Dave McNary
Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation has added director Christopher Nolan to its board of directors. The Foundation is dedicated to film preservation, and Nolan joins a roster that looks like the Justice League of America, if its members were superhero filmmakers. Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Curtis Hanson, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, George Lucas, Alexander Payne, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg are also on the… »
Director: Claudio Fah
Directed by Claudio Fah, Northmen is an entertaining and action-fuelled adventure. From the offset you are absorbed with edge of your seat action, with Fah’s direction perfectly illustrating the tortuous natural landscapes and brutality of human warfare.
The action sequences are detailed and don’t disguise the brutal nature of the scene. Of course if you are nauseated by the sight of blood, then this may not be the film for you. The cast fully embrace the sword play and it’s their dedication that keeps the action engrossing. Ryan Kwanten plays the kind Christian monk who’s a talented swordsman; he’s an action man to watch out for.
- Ciham Messouki
At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This month we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Neill Blomkamp as director.
Although Blomkamp’s feature film career is young, his films have shown remarkable consistency and commitment to his vision as a director. Blomkamp started his career as a 3D animator. He worked on television shows before being promoted to lead animator for several feature films, and becoming more well known due to his talents. He created several short films which caught the eye of Peter Jackson. With Peter Jackson’s support, he was hired to direct his first feature length film, which was supposed to be a film adaptation of the video game series Halo. That film never got off the ground and Peter Jackson agreed to produce a feature »
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With fantasy franchises having been so popular in recent years, why did Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series stop before it got going?
A much beloved trilogy of fantasy novels, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials was much praised for its rich, imaginative fantasy world, nuanced and ambiguous characters and powerful anti-religious themes. Critically acclaimed, award-laden bestsellers with a young heroine in the form of Lyra Bellacqua, the trilogy seemed an obvious choice to follow Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings and become a blockbuster movie series.
New Line bought the rights after bringing Lord Of The Rings to the screen, hoping for a similar success. The two stories are very different High Fantasies though, and The Golden Compass contains concepts less familiar to audiences than wizards, monsters and swordplay. His Dark Materials was also occasionally categorised in shops as a children’s book, unlike Lord Of The Rings. »
Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’Gorman, Aidan Turner, John Callen, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sylvester McCoy, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Manu Bennett | Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro | Directed by Peter Jackson
When The Hobbit was announced I’m sure nobody would have thought it would be three movies long, J. R. R.Tolkien fit the whole story into one book, and even that wasn’t very long. Here we are though with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies which in theory should be the last Lord of the Rings movie Peter Jackson makes. Unless he can pull more tales of Middle-earth out of the appendices of course (and I’m sure some of us hope he could).
With Smaug »
- Paul Metcalf
Film4 sits down with great directors including Quentin Tarantino, David Cronenberg, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, Ben Wheatley, Steve McQueen, Joe Carnahan and Lone Scherfig to candidly talk the art of filmmaking, where and how they got started, and their fears. One thing, which is said by Mark Romanek, is true for even the most ruthless of the bunch: "Every director... goes in in the morning terrified that what they're doing is not going to work." Read More: David Fincher Reveals "Gone Girl" Secrets, and Whose Side He's Really On Ryan Lattanzio is the staff writer for Toh at Indiewire. Follow him on Twitter. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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