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A closer look at Jodorowsky's Dune

25 July 2014 2:55 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Frank Pavich's documentary takes a tour of a classic sci-fi film that never was. Jules-Pierre takes a look at Jodorowsky's Dune...

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"There are more unmade movies than there are made movies," says Frank Pavich, director of Jodorowsky's Dune, the documentary chronicling director Alejandro Jodorowsky's efforts to adapt Frank Herbert's seminal science fiction novel for the big screen. His effort began almost a decade before the generally unsatisfying David Lynch version hit theatres in 1984.

Back in the mid 70s, widely credited as the creator of the Midnight Film genre with the release of El Topo (which caused a riot during its viewing at a film festival in Mexico), and fresh from the success of The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky was given his choice of subject for his next movie. He elected to adapt Dune, even though he had never even read the book.

"Dune will be the coming of a god, »

- ryanlambie

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Toronto Film Festival Global Summit Draws Michael Moore, Douglas Trumbull

23 July 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Toronto International Film Festival is rounding up some 180 speakers from 80 countries for its annual industry conference and global summit (September 5 to 11). The headliner is cinema technology visionary Douglas Trumbull ("2001: A Space Odyssey"), the opening keynote speaker for the annual Asian Film Summit (September 9) is Legendary East’s Peter Loehr. Filmmaker Michael Moore ("Fahrenheit 911") will do a keynote conversation at the Doc Conference moderated by Tiff Docs programmer Thom Powers. The Doc Conference (September 9 and 10) offers an in-depth series of keynote sessions, panels and presentations on the current landscape of documentary production, financing and distribution. Moore is attending the Festival for the 25th anniversary of "Roger & Me." New this year, programming on Thursday, September 11 will be dedicated to the future of cinema. In addition to Trumbull, confirmed Conference speakers to »

- Anne Thompson

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Trumbull among Tiff speakers

15 July 2014 12:03 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The tech pioneer Douglas Trumbull headlines the Industry Conference, while Legendary East CEO Peter Loehr will give the opening address at the Asian Film Summit and Michael Moore will take part in a keynote conversation at Doc Conference.

The Asian Film Summit
 returns to the Shangri-La Hotel on September 9.

The Industry Conference takes place from September 5-11 and will introduce a focus on the future of cinema on the final day.

Apart from Trumbull, a director and effects pioneer who worked on 2001: A Space Odyssey, confirmed Conference speakers include Im Global CEO Stuart Ford, Silver Reel managing partner Claudia Bluemhuber, Secret Cinema founder Fabien Riggall and Eurimages director Roberto Olla.

The Doc Conference on September 9 and 10 will feature Moore in attendance to mark the 25th anniversary of Roger & Me. The film-maker will kick off the event in a conversation with Tiff Docs programmer Thom Powers.

This year’s Talent Lab will provide a focus for emerging »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Douglas Trumbull among Tiff industry speakers

15 July 2014 12:03 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The tech pioneer Douglas Trumbull headlines the Industry Conference, while Legendary East CEO Peter Loehr will give the opening address at the Asian Film Summit and Michael Moore will take part in a keynote conversation at Doc Conference.

The Asian Film Summit
 returns to the Shangri-La Hotel on September 9.

The Industry Conference takes place from September 5-11 and will introduce a focus on the future of cinema on the final day.

Apart from Trumbull, a director and effects pioneer who worked on 2001: A Space Odyssey, confirmed Conference speakers include Im Global CEO Stuart Ford, Silver Reel managing partner Claudia Bluemhuber, Secret Cinema founder Fabien Riggall and Eurimages director Roberto Olla.

The Doc Conference on September 9 and 10 will feature Moore in attendance to mark the 25th anniversary of Roger & Me. The film-maker will kick off the event in a conversation with Tiff Docs programmer Thom Powers.

This year’s Talent Lab will provide a focus for emerging »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Keynote speakers for Tiff include Michael Moore, Douglas Trumball

15 July 2014 11:39 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Toronto International Film Festival, and with it the busy rush of Oscar season, is almost upon us. The festival begins September 4 in Toronto and runs through September 14, and while we await the full lineup of films making an appearance, Tiff has announced a handful of the keynote presentations at this year’s festival.

Documentarian Michael Moore will have a panel discussion as part of the Doc Conference, sharing “his experiences in muckraking and his hopes for the future of documentary”, according to a press release. Moore will also be hosting a special screening of his film Roger & Me for its 25th anniversary, which actually first premiered at Tiff 25 years ago and won the festival’s People’s Choice Award.

Also on hand for the Industry Conference is visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull, who started his special effects work on the landmark 2001: A Space Odyssey and later received Oscar nominations for Blade Runner, »

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Michael Moore Returns to Toronto With ‘Roger & Me’s’ 25th Anniversary

15 July 2014 9:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael Moore will hit the 2014 Toronto Intl. Film Festival for a special 25th anniversary screening of his 1989 documentary “Roger & Me,” and will participate in a keynote conversation to kick off the industry conference’s two-day doc event.

“Roger & Me” premiered in Toronto and won the People’s Choice Award in 1989. Its 25th anniversary, Moore said in a statement, is a bittersweet milestone. “On the one hand, the film has affected the millions who’ve seen it and it has strongly influenced what is a now-thriving documentary movement,” he said, adding, “the fact that ‘Roger & Me’ is as relevant today as it was 25 years ago is a travesty. Actually, it’s more than that. At least in 1989, there were still 50,000 General Motors jobs left in Flint. Today, there are but 4,000 Gm jobs that remain in Flint, the birthplace of General Motors.”

Tiff director and CEO Piers Handling recalled how the film took Toronto by storm. »

- Jennie Punter

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Michael Moore to Speak at 2014 Toronto Film Festival

15 July 2014 3:33 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The Toronto Film Festival has announced the initial lineup of speakers joining this year's Tiff Industry events as part of its 39th year. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore is set to participate in a keynote conversation at Doc Conference. Cinema technology pioneer and visionary Douglas Trumbull is also speaking, and the opening keynote speaker for Asian Film Summit is Legendary East's Peter Loehr.

"We are excited to announce the participation of these visionary filmmakers in our industry programming," said Justin Cutler, Director, Industry Office. "Our programmes will connect 180 top-calibre speakers with an extensive industry audience of filmmakers from over 80 countries, making this year's programming a true global film summit. We aim to attract the best and brightest industry professionals to inspire, motivate and transform the way our attendees think about the art and business of content creation."

Doc Conference is an in-depth series of keynote sessions, panels and presentations »

- Chris Jancelewicz

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Contest: Win Tickets To New York City Screening Of Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' In 70mm

2 July 2014 11:42 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Over the past while, we've given you lots of intriguing looks back at Stanley Kubrick's still awe-inspiring "2001: A Space Odyssey." There's been a 3-minute video tribute, a vintage 20-minute making of, and the rare 1970 book about the film, along with 5 Things You Didn't Know. But how about a chance to see the movie on the big screen in 70mm? It's a rare opportunity, but for those of you in New York City, we can make that happen.  This weekend, the Museum of the Moving Image is kicking off a run of six screenings of Kubrick's classic in 70mm, and it's a very rare opportunity you shouldn't miss. But that's not all, two of the screenings will be a double bill with Douglas Trumbull's "Brainstorm," also on 70mm, making this a pretty terrific outing for sci-fi heads or cinephiles alike. The screening dates are below:  Dates/times: Saturday, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Back to Andromeda

29 June 2014 12:19 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

By David S. Schow

Hall:  “Where’s the library?”

Dutton:  “No need for books — everything’s in the computer.”

One of the few regrets of my adult life is that I never got to meet Michael Crichton, who died too young, November 2008.  Eminently emulatable, he had conquered publishing, film and television and remains a personal hero.  I was hooked from the moment my father returned from his Arctic DEWLine duties bearing a paperback first printing of The Andromeda Strain, which I plowed through while in high school.  Then immediately re-read, and re-read again.

I still have that paperback.

Subsequently I devoured everything Crichton wrote — the “John Lange” potboilers written to pay his way through medical school; the landmark A Case of Need (written as “Jeffrey Hudson;” a stingingly strong pro-choice novel done prior to the Roe v. Wade decision); even the dope fantasia Dealing, written with his brother as “Michael Douglas. »

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Faerie Evil: The Making of Maleficent

24 June 2014 11:14 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats with director Robert Stromberg, production visual effects supervisor Carey Villegas, visual effects supervisors Seth Maury and Kelly Port, digital effects supervisor Darren Hendler, and previs supervisor Mark Nelson about reviving a Disney classic…

“There are not many production designers/visual effects people who have made the leap which doesn’t make sense to me because it seems like the perfect breeding ground to moving up into directing,” reflects filmmaker Robert Stromberg who started as a matte painter and became the Oscar-winning production designer for Avatar [2009] and Alice in Wonderland [2010].  “On Master and Commander [2003] I met Peter Weir and we hit it off.  I came in as a Visual Effects Supervisor and spent so much time with Peter that I became a liaison between him and Ilm.   We started talking about other things especially about characters and what it is like to direct.  I learned so much from »

- Trevor Hogg

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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: New Amazon Patent, Ted Hope Web Series and More

8 May 2014 2:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

1. Amazon Patent: No, it's not an Onion headline. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has just granted Amazon the IP ownership of shooting and photographing against a seamless white backdrop (see example above). Really! Read about it here. 2. Kubrick's "2001" VFX Partner Introduces New Technology: Douglas Trumbull, the visual effects artist best known for his work on Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," now has a new short film that showcases technology that could revolutionize the world of cinema. Read more about it here. 3. Final Season of "Futurestates:" The series of online digital shorts will be back for a fifth and final season with eight new sci-fi stories occurring in an immersive futuristic story world, available to stream for free at futurestates.tv. Read more about it here. 4. Ted Hope Web Series: One of the most prominent independent filmmakers working today, Ted Hope plans to reinvent Hollywood by partnering up with »

- Ziyad Saadi

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Stanley Kubrick’s VFX Master Would Like to Introduce You to the Technology that Will Revolutionize Cinema

8 May 2014 10:38 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Douglas Trumbull, the Academy-Award winning visual master behind such films as "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Blade Runner," "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and "The Tree of Life," is about to debut his latest innovation in cinematic spectacle tomorrow at the Seattle Cinerama Sci-Fi Film Festival. "Ufotog" a 10-minute short, might be described as state-of-the-art-to-be: Shot in 3D, at 4K, and at 120 frames per second – or about five times the frame rate of the conventional 35mm motion picture – it also portends a revolution in the economics of filmmaking: Trumbull's process involves a skeleton crew, green screen, a "zero-g" camera crane that move with the touch of a finger and virtual backgrounds that are imposed in real time. There are no set ups, no scene changes. None of the costs of the conventional, or even unconventional, mainstream film. "We cut all the infrastructure out of the equation, »

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Going it alone: Tom Hardy's Locke and 8 more incredible solo performances

18 April 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Tom Hardy delivers a mesmerising solo performance in this week's Locke, holding attention for the duration as the only actor on screen. Steven Knight's car-bound thriller is the latest in a long line of films that have zeroed in on one character and offered the lead an opportunity to flex their acting chops.

With Locke in cinemas now, Digital Spy takes a look at 8 great performances from stars going it alone.

Robert Redford (All Is Lost)

The Hollywood veteran barely utters a word in Jc Chandor's nautical survival drama, but his performance as a man battling nature and his sinking yacht is still devastatingly effective. The ending leaves a note of ambiguity, but up until that point this has been a clear-eyed drama about doing what needs to be done when things go bad.

James Franco (127 Hours)

Based on Aron Ralston's ordeal trapped beneath a boulder in the canyons of Utah, »

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Trumbull's 4K 120Fps Film 'Ufotog' Premiering at Seattle's Cinerama

10 April 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

He changed the industry forever with the visual effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner. Can he do again in 2014? After following its development for years, visual effects master Doug Trumbull is premiering his first experimental 4K 3D 120Fps film titled Ufotog at the Second Fictional Festival this May up at Seattle's Cinerama. We've written about this odd Ufotog project a few times before and have been patiently awaiting its arrival, mostly just to see what all the hype is behind this latest sci-fi experience that Trumbull has come up with. Press releases are hitting now confirming the premiere in Seattle. Read on. Details in the press release (via PRNewswire): Paul G. Allen's iconic Seattle Cinerama Theater announces its second annual Science Fiction Festival, running from May 1-12, with 12 days of special programming. The festival will be highlighted by the world premiere of Douglas Trumbull's short film, »

- Alex Billington

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The Definitive Kubrickian Films: 10-1

31 March 2014 9:55 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

What’s difficult about making this list is finding a balance between a successful Kubrickian film that either predates or pays homage to Kubrick and, for lack of a better term, is a ripoff. Now that we’ve hit the apex, it’s clear that these are, regardless of influence, quality films. What sets them apart is their ability to evoke Kubrick’s greatness (or inspire it), while delivering a stand-alone masterpiece. If Kubrick took the helm for any of these films, the result wouldn’t delineate too much. Still. Kubrick is a genius because he always kept us guessing.

courtesy of theweeklings.com

10. Fitzcarraldo (1982)

Directed by Werner Herzog

What makes it Kubrickian? It’s a film about extreme obsession and the unreasonable lengths a man will go to when consumed by it. Fitzcarraldo is the story of Brian Sweeny “Fitzcarraldo” Fitzgerald (Klaus Kinski) and his entry into the rubber industry. »

- Joshua Gaul

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Jodorowsky’s Dune | Review

21 March 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Resurrecting Sci-fi Legend: Pavich Taps Alejandro

Frank Herbert’s epic novel Dune has been a sci-fi benchmark since it’s original release back in 1965, and since, there have been several attempts at a worthy film adaptation. No one guessed that psychedelic surrealist Alejandro Jodorowsky, who rose to fame for his midnight oddities El Topo and The Holy Mountain, would be the man to stake his claim for the task. After a friend suggested he check out the book, Jodorowsky (without initially reading it first) decided it to be the follow up to his 1973 sleeper hit. His goal was to use the interstellar opera to expand the consciousness of youth the world over, reproducing the mind-bending effects of LCD without taking the drug itself. Fancying himself a movie-making martyr with a metaphysical mission, Jodorowsky remarkably amassed a past and future A-list cast and crew of ‘spiritual warriors’ (as he called »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Bricklayers: The Making of The Lego Movie

19 March 2014 6:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats with Rob Coleman, Grant FreckeltonDamien Gray and Max Liani from Animal Logic about bringing the iconic Lego bricks to the big screen... 

"Lin Pictures and Warner Bros had seen our in house directed work on Lego® Star Wars® The Padawan Menace [2011] which was the TV short that we worked on with Lucas Films and Lego; they were impressed by the level of detail in that episode and that coupled with our long standing relationship with Warner Bros. helped us land the project,” explains Animal Logic Head of Animation Rob Coleman as to how the Australian visual effects facility became involved with The Lego Movie (2014).  “Animal Logic created an animated test that was screened to the Warner Bros. studio executives and that is what fundamentally led to the film being greenlit and awarded to Animal Logic.”  The duo behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, »

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Fillion, Gaiman, Tennant and More Scheduled for The Real History Of Science Fiction

10 March 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

April 19th is getting better and better. First we get the premiere of Season 2 of the so-very-excellent Orphan Black on BBC America, and now comes news of another premiere that follows directly after: a new docu-series entitled The Real History of Science Fiction.

Check out all the deets below, including an outrageously wonderful list of contributors, from William Shatner to Neil Gaiman to Ursula K McGuin, and So Many More:

BBC America Premieres New Original Docu-Series The Real History of Science Fiction on April 19 As told by the genre’s greatest pioneers, the four-part docu-series explores recurring science fiction themes: Robots, Space, Invasion and Time

New York –, March 10, 2014 – BBC America delves into the real history of science fiction with filmmakers, writers, actors and graphic artists looking back on their experiences and on how their obsession and imagination has taken them into the unknown. The new original documentary series is a »

- Erin Willard

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Trailers from Hell: Stanley Kubrick's Game Changer '2001: A Space Odyssey'

10 March 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Destination Outer Space! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director John Landis introducing Stanley Kubrick's epic sci-fi classic, "2001: A Space Odyssey."Many a baby boomer’s most treasured recollections of the 1960s include one or more altered-state viewings of Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke’s game-changing science fiction film, which combined extraordinary, state-of-the-art special effects with a metaphysical meditation on life, death and rebirth played out in Super Panavision 70. Douglas Trumbull’s groundbreaking visual effects remain as convincing as any found 45 years later in Alfonso Cuaron’s equally awe-inspiring Gravity. Many sci fi fans approached 2001 with skepticism since it was touted as the pinnacle of the genre, only to become lifelong devotees. It would be interesting to contrast Martin Balsam’s rejected performance as the voice of the computer Hal with that of Douglas Rain, who was hired to be less “emotional” than Balsam. »

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2001: A Space Odyssey

9 March 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Many a baby boomer’s most treasured recollections of the 1960s include one or more altered-state viewings of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke’s game-changing science fiction film, which combined extraordinary, state-of-the-art special effects with a metaphysical meditation on life, death and rebirth played out in Super Panavision 70. Douglas Trumbull’s groundbreaking visual effects remain as convincing as any found 45 years later in Alfonso Cuaron’s equally awe-inspiring Gravity. Many sci fi fans approached 2001 with skepticism since it was touted as the pinnacle of the genre, only to become lifelong devotees. It would be interesting to contrast Martin Balsam’s rejected performance as the voice of the computer Hal with that of Douglas Rain, who was hired to be less “emotional” than Balsam.

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