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It’s been a VFX season dominated by giants in a range of superhero, sci-fi and action-adventures. They include Mark Rylance’s 25-foot dream catcher in “The Bfg,” Christopher Walken’s King Louie in “The Jungle Book,” the heptapods from “Arrival,” the 7-foot K-2So droid from “Rogue One” and the Moon Beast and Skeleton from “Kubo and the Two Strings.”
Whittling down the preliminary list of 20 contenders to 10 for the VFX bake-off on January 7th won’t be easy. There is so much outstanding work. Yet the great hybrid achievement of Disney’s “The Jungle Book” makes it the favorite, and “Rogue One” offers a new, gritty “Star Wars” look that should provide serious consideration. Here’s a list of 10 prime contenders:
1. “The Jungle Book”
- Bill Desowitz
“The Revenant” was one of the best films of 2015, earning 12 Oscar nominations and winning three Academy Awards, including best director for Alejandro G. Iñárritu and best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio.
Tom Hardy, who co-starred as John Fitzgerald, also received a nomination for his gritty performance. The actor revealed in an interview with Esquire that he didn’t believe he would get acknowledged by the Academy, even when DiCaprio was convinced he would. That was when Hardy decided to bet a tattoo of “the winner’s choosing” that he wouldn’t be nominated.
“[DiCaprio] wrote, in this really shitty handwriting: ‘Leo knows everything,’” he explained. “Ha! I was like, ‘Ok, I’ll get it done, but you have to write it properly.’” Hardy, of course, did nab the nomination for best supporting actor.
“I haven’t got it yet,” he said, “because it sucks.”
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- Liz Calvario
Many moons ago, as covered in our running Series of Dceu Columns, Mad Max's George Miller was set to direct a little movie called Justice League Mortal. The film, which would've come out smack dab in the middle of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, was actually going to introduce mainstream audiences to a completely separate version of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Sets were being constructed, costumes designed, and casting finalized. But then the Writer's Strike happened, Warner Bros. got cold feet, and the project fell apart.
For More On Justice League Mortal And A Fascinating Point In The WB's DC History Read:"Mfr Explores The Dceu's Road To Ruin: Column #3"
Had Justice League Mortal happened, the alternate version of Batman we would've met was going to be played by Armie Hammer (The Social Network, The Lone Ranger). A new wave of rumors are now suggesting that Hammer will get »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Tattoos are possibly the worst wager in any bet, as Tom Hardy learned the hard way after shooting last year's acclaimed wilderness drama The Revenant. Either not feeling too sure about his work, or how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would respond, Hardy bet against himself getting an Oscar nomination while shooting on set. And he lost in the worst possible way.
Anyone following the behind-the-scenes ordeals associated with director Alejandro G. Inarritu's 2015 opus The Revenant knows that it was a grueling shoot that took its toll on all involved. Both Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy were well-rewarded for their hardships endured in the freezing weather. And let's not forget that DiCaprio had to tussle with a real live bear. DiCaprio even nabbed his first well-deserved Oscar, which was a long time coming.
But Tom Hardy isn't so lucky. He's getting what has been described as a 'shitty' tattoo. »
Tonight on Arrow (The CW, 8/7c), Oliver realizes that the elusive Prometheus knows each Team Arrow member’s true identity. But that is not the only secret Oliver need worry about seeing the light of day.
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After all, as established prior to the crossover episode, reporter Susan Williams (guest star Carly Pope) has reason to suspect that the onetime billionaire/onetime playboy did not spend his entire five-year “death” stranded on the island of Lian Yu, but at the very least also set foot in Russian. Will Susan dig deeper »
Looks like we're getting another Christopher Nolan prologue in theaters this December. Reports from TrailerTrack and SlashFilm have confirmed that there is a 7-minute prologue for Nolan's Dunkirk playing in front of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The new solo Star Wars movie opens in theaters December 16th (in just over a week), including in most IMAX theaters all over the world. The reports state that this 7-minute prologue (along with a brand new trailer) will play exclusively in IMAX, and won't end up online. This is the same as the IMAX prologue for The Dark Knight (and Tdkr) which only showed in theaters in December before the film opened the next summer. I'm very excited to see this footage, whatever it may be. Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan's latest film - a World War II cinematic epic about the Dunkirk evacuation of Allied troops from the coast of »
- Alex Billington
Seven minutes of footage will be revealed in the extended look at the World War II drama. As if finally seeing the first Star Wars spin-off movie wasn't enough, now we're hearing that a highly anticipated blockbuster will be rolling out an extended preview at select screenings of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk promises to be a tense cinematic experience and select audiences at IMAX locations nationwide will soon be treated to a first look. All we've seen of the movie so far is a 66-second teaser a few months ago. Dunkirk is said to be a very personal movie for the British filmmaker. It's based on the real-life story of soldiers who were surrounded by German forces in Dunkirk, France in late May and early June 1940...
- Peter Martin
Jessica Chastain is a two-time Academy Award nominee who has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses of her generation. She has received numerous nominations and accolades for her work from the La Film Critics, British Academy of Film and TV, Broadcast Film Critics, HFPA, National Board of Review, Screen Actors Guild, Film Independent and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, to name a few.
The actresses’ latest film, Miss Sloane, opens in cinemas on December 9, 2016.
In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is the most sought-after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. Known equally for her cunning and her track record of success, she has always done whatever is required to win. But when she takes on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds that winning may come at too high a price.
Chastain can soon be »
- Movie Geeks
Nolan's World War II epic is set to come out next year, and it looks like the studio wants to capitalize on the tremendous anticipation surrounding Rogue One by offering fans a sneak peak of the film in the outsized 70Mm format. While the Star Wars flick wasn't shot in 70Mm, it has been converted into that format, and only a select few theaters across the country are even equipped to run it this way. But film buffs will now get to enjoy this special look at Dunkirk as an added incentive to seek out Rogue One's 70Mm IMAX showings.
Considering how few theaters can actually run this special print of Rogue One (we're talking a grand total of 12 in the »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
If you needed another reason to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 70mm IMAX, it has been announced that a special seven-minute prologue for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming World War II epic Dunkirk is set to accompany the hotly-anticipated film in IMAX theaters screening the movie in the 70mm format.
According to SlashFilm, Rogue One will be presented in 70mm IMAX in 15 theaters across the globe, although it’s unclear if the sneak peek will also be attached to IMAX digital screenings. We’ll update the article if we get confirmation either way.
Nolan has a history of previewing his movies in IMAX, having done so with The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, and has shot much of Dunkirk using IMAX cameras, with the film reportedly containing over 100 minutes of IMAX material.
Dunkirk is set for »
- Gary Collinson
We are hearing from a variety of sources that Warner Brothers and Christopher Nolan are planning to show off 7 minutes of IMAX 70mm footage from their upcoming WWII movie Dunkirk prior to some showings of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The news is sourced from Slashfilm who report that around fifteen IMAX theaters around the globe will show the footage to gain a little momentum for the film ahead of its release in 2017. The site reports that it has not been confirmed if the footage will be confined to the 70mm IMAX showings of ‘Rogue One’ (in 2D, or if it will take place in front of all IMAX showings of the highly anticipated Star Wars spin-off.
If it is the 70mm 2D, we’re guessing that it will be purely confined to the BFI IMAX cinema in Waterloo in the UK – though that’s obviously not been confirmed. »
- Paul Heath
There's a bit of a trend in movie trailers these days to focus on one moment instead of chopping up the entire movie. The new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 does this really well, as does The Mummy. The latter spends the most memorable chunk of its trailer showing Tom Cruise hanging out in a cargo plane loaded up with a big, ancient sarcophagus. The plane then begins to crash, sending everyone inside on a zero gravity spiral. And since this is a Tom Cruise movie, all that action had to be filmed in the most ridiculous way possible: in actual zero gravity. Slashfilm has a report from The Mummy director Alex Kurtzman about how the sequence was filmed. In short, the plan was to basically do what Christopher Nolan did on Inception and build a giant, rotating set characters...
- Peter Hall
We’ve seen little to nothing from Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, but that’s about to change with both a new trailer later this month and a 7-minute prologue which will be shown in front of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The cinema which Tweeted – and later deleted – this news (which has since been verified […]
- Josh Wilding
Tickets for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” have been a sale for a while now, and if you were savvy to grab some for the showing the film in IMAX, you’re going to have a helluva treat.
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- Kevin Jagernauth
Well, this makes sense. According to multiple sources, a 7 minute prologue for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk will be shown in front of select 70mm IMAX screenings of Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And when we say select, we do mean select – only 15 theatres in the world will be showing the upcoming Anthology film in 70mm.
Though Rogue One wasn’t shot on 70mm cameras, parts of Nolan’s Dunkirk were. Not only that, but the director has shown exclusive IMAX prologues for some of his movies in the past (The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight), which is why we said above that this news isn’t all that surprising and makes perfect sense. Plus, there’s also the fact that like Dunkirk, Rogue One will feature gritty battle sequences, so both films are targeting similar audiences.
In terms of North American theatres where you can catch the prologue, »
- Michael Briers
Whenever Christopher Nolan has a summer blockbuster on the horizon, Warner Brothers often finds a way to screen select IMAX footage ahead of the year’s big Christmas blockbuster. Fans got to see some of the first footage from “The Dark Knight” before “I Am Legend” back in 2007, while “The Dark Knight Rises” opening airplane sequence was screened before “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” four years later. It looks like Warner Bros. is keeping with tradition, as seven minutes of Nolan’s “Dunkirk” will be attached to select “Rogue One” screenings.
As reported by /Film earlier today, the seven-minute long “Dunkirk” prologue will screen ahead of the “Star Wars” blockbuster at 70mm IMAX locations in 2D. The bad news is that means it will only be showing in a handful of theaters across the country. Cinephiles in Los Angeles, »
- Zack Sharf
With tickets already on sale for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, chances say that those planning to see it opening weekend already have plans set. However, today we have news that ensures a second visit to a theater — or, more specifically, a very specific theater if it’s close to you.
After showing off the opening sequences of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises for IMAX audiences at I Am Legend and Ghost Protocol, respectively, Christopher Nolan will be doing the same with his upcoming WWII epic, Dunkirk, ahead of Gareth Edwards’ blockbuster.
Select audiences at Rogue One will be getting a seven-minute prologue for war epic starring Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, and Harry Styles, as revealed in a now-deleted tweet from Minnesota Zoo IMAX Theatre (via Trailer Track) and later confirmed with sources by /Film. Only the 15 theaters showing the film on »
- Leonard Pearce
In just under two weeks, Disney and LucasFilm will unveil their first Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which will debut in both IMAX and traditional theaters. Last month, a report surfaced that the studio will be releasing the movie in 70mm IMAX in just over a dozen theaters across the country. Today, another report claims that those who attend these 70mm IMAX screenings will be in for one special surprise. Before the film, Warner Bros. will be presenting a special seven-minute prologue for director Christopher Nolan's World War II drama Dunkirk, which hits theaters on July 21, 2017.
/Film's report comes from numerous unnamed sources, although they have not gotten confirmation from Warner Bros. about this prologue. /Film also reported on the Rogue One 70mm IMAX screenings last month, though they couldn't get confirmation about whether or not this special Dunkirk prologue will be included on IMAX digital projections as well. »
We have learned from multiple sources that a seven-minute prologue for Christopher Nolan‘s new film Dunkirk will play in front of select 70mm IMAX showings of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Hit the jump to learn more about the Dunkirk IMAX preview. Last month we reported that over a dozen IMAX theaters around the […]
- Peter Sciretta
Word comes by way of Brazilian outlet CinePOP (via Comic Book), where the actress fielded questions about xXx: The Return of Xander Cage – the 2017 action sequel in which she plays Rebecca “Becky” Clearidge – her dream superhero role, and everything in between. Given how costumed heroes continue to dominant the current Hollywood landscape, a trend that shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon, the topic of superheroes is never too far away from conversation at press junkets, so when Dobrev was asked about a potential comic book role by CinePOP, the actress conceded that Wonder Woman stands as her number one.
- Michael Briers
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