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With all the hoopla about the big Sunday night movie award show, many of you might not have gotten the list of the big winners from Saturday night’s big movie awards show. I’m talking about the 34th Annual Razzie Awards. They were started in 1980 by John Wilson to celebrate the movie year’s worst achievements. The hour-long ceremony was held this past Saturday evening down the street from the site of Sunday’s big show. Without further ado, here’s the nominees and winners for the 2013 film year:
Worst Remake, Rip-off, Or Sequel:
- Jim Batts
Awards season comes to a head tonight as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the winners of the Academy Awards, and - as is traditional - yesterday saw the very worst of cinematic achievement celebrated with the 34th annual Golden Raspberry Awards.
While Adam Sandler dominated the nominations (as usual) with Grown Ups 2, the Razzie favourite went away empty handed for a change as the ensemble comedy Movie 43 and M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi After Earth picked up three gongs apiece, with Movie 43 claiming Worst Picture, Worst Director(s) and Worst Screenplay and Jaden Smith and Will Smith named Worst Actor, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Combo.
Check out the full list of nominees here, with the "winners" highlighted in red....
Tyler Perry, »
- Gary Collinson
Right before the Academy Awards announces its winners, the 34th Annual Razzie Awards has unveiled the list of its own winners for the worst achievement in film for 2013. Taking the prize for the Worst Picture of the year is "Movie 43," beating out such films as "After Earth," "Grown Ups 2," "The Lone Ranger" and "A Madea Christmas." The movie also won for Worst Director and Worst Screenplay. The theme of this year's Razzies focused on the Smith family, with Jaden Smith winning Worst Actor and Will Smith winning for Worst Supporting Actor for "After Earth." The father-son team also won in the Worst Screen Combo category. The only good news is that Adam Sandler and his "Grown Ups 2" went some how ignored, despite dominating the awards show for two straight years. Check out the full list of nominees and winners (in red) below. Worst Picture: * Movie 43 * After Earth »
Glamour! Elegance! The sweet smell of self-congratulation! None will be present at the 34th annual Razzie Awards, a proudly low-budget event dedicated to dishonoring the previous year’s worst movies. (Actually, make that “no-budget”; have you seen the Razzies’ website? It looks like a Geocities page from 1996.)
There are several strong contenders in this year’s Razzies race, from father-and-son team Will and Jaden Smith to perennial “winner” Adam Sandler and Golden Raspberry Award Foundation favorite Sylvester Stallone, who snagged a record-breaking 31st nomination for his work in three 2013 films. (Note: It is not hard to become a member of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. »
- Hillary Busis
Nothing Left to Fear is the first terrific terror tale from Slasher Films (founded by Guns N’ Roses rock legend/horror nut Slash), directed by Gore Verbinski’s visionary protégé Anthony Leonardi III. The film stars James Tupper and Anne Heche as the new pastor and his wife who arrive in Stull, Kansas, with their three kids hoping for an idyllic country life. At first the town and its people look like being the answer to their prayers, but then the supposedly retiring pastor Clancy Brown puts into motion an ancient ritual that unleashes a demonic fury. For Stull is one of the seven gateways to Hell and its inhabitants must quell the Beast who rises to walk the Earth at all bloody costs.
- Phil Wheat
"Led by VFX Supervisor Gary Brozenich, Mpc completed more than 550 shots for Disney's The Lone Ranger, ranging from full CG canyons, caves and Comanche attacks to CG trains, horses, birds, arrows, fire and scorpions." - mpcvfx From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the team behind the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption. The Lone Ranger is directed by Gore Verbinski, from a screenplay written by Ted Elliott, »
The Visual Effects Society has pioneered the idea of recognizing “supporting effects,” but the idea of what’s “supporting” has evolved.
Compared with “effects-driven” nominees like “Gravity,” that’s certainly true.
“Wolf” had just $4 million for vfx (fellow nominee “The Lone Ranger” may have had 20 times that) but that paid for about 400 vfx shots. Vfx allowed New York to substitute for Italy, London and Switzerland. One major sequence, though, ate up half the vfx budget: the storm and sinking of Jordan Belfort’s yacht off the coast of Italy.
“You couldn’t picture the movie without it,” agrees Legato, who compares it with the plane crash in “The Aviator.”
“From that moment on, the movie is different, his life has changed,” he says. Once Belfort’s yacht sinks, »
- David S. Cohen
The five Oscar nominees for 2013 display a consistent level of polish that vfx pros could only dream about just a few years ago.
Yet they represent radically different ideas about how to get a big vfx picture done. Some are throwbacks to the era when a single star vfx company would handle the load, while others follow the current trend and are ensemble efforts, combining shots from many companies.
“There’s a tremendous advantage in dealing with the smallest number of companies you can,” says “Star Trek Into Darkness” vfx supervisor Roger Guyett, though he concedes economics also play a part. He says that it’s crucial to communicate a clear vision to the hundreds of artists on a big show to avoid wasted effort, since they’re going to be working away anyway and “eventually you’ll either run out of time or you’ll run out of money. »
- David S. Cohen
Johnny Depp returns to theaters this year, but in neither a Tim Burton film nor a Gore Verbinski historical adventure. No, the Depp project in question is Transcendence, a sci-fi thriller that began its marketing campaign towards the end of 2013 and has since been gaining momentum, thanks to the ominous mood of the footage and the powerful images conjured up by cinematographer-turned director Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight trilogy, Moneyball).
Depp starts in Pfister’s directorial feature as Dr. Will Caster, a researcher who intends to keep pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence in order to reach singularity – the point when A.I. eclipses human intelligence. The film’s teaser trailers examine why it is (and why that is not) a good idea, while a viral clip encourages more doubt and concern about Will’s plan, as expressed by anti-technology ...
Click to continue reading ‘Transcendence’ Japanese Trailer & Poster: Rise of »
- Sandy Schaefer
Gore Verbinski will produce and direct movies for New Regency under a new first-look deal between the studio and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” filmmaker. Verbinski’s Blind Wink production company is already developing two movies at New Regency, one of which will go into production this summer. New Regency will finance the movies, and Fox, where the company has a deal, will distribute. New Regency recently signed a similar deal with Plan B, Brad Pitt’s production company, which had been based at Paramount. Also read: Alexandra Milchan Exits New Regency Post, Signs First-Look Deal With Company (Exclusive) Verbinski is best known for directing. »
- Lucas Shaw
Director Gore Verbinski has inked a three-year producing and directing deal with New Regency.
Verbinski’s production company, Blind Wink, and New Regency have already began developing two projects, one of which is looking to begin production this summer.
“Gore is obviously is a great filmmaker who’s made huge movies,” New Regency president and CEO Brad Weston told Variety. “We want to work with the best filmmakers to generate the best projects. The deal with Gore is a continuation of that in a great way.”
As the major studios continue to finance their tentpoles — primarily sequels, reboots and films with built-in superfans — midrange original projects have sought alternative sources of funding.
“I am really looking forward to this creative partnership with New Regency. »
- Alexandra Cheney
Virtually every major studio movie released these days is seen as the beginning of a franchise (or, increasingly, part of a larger, interconnected "universe"). Few of these movies should actually warrant additional installments, and it's the intention of "Make It a Franchise," a new recurring feature on Moviefone, to argue for the continued adventures of movies that failed to merit their very own franchise. We'll also investigate the reasons, either creative or commercial, for the lack of sequels and spin-offs, and whether or not the studio had larger plans for these tantalizing nonstarters.
Last summer, a movie rode into theaters nationwide with a bullseye already painted on it.
That movie was Disney's "The Lone Ranger," which, in its troubled production history, had been shut down once due to budget overruns, and then, when it was actually in production, faced a number of problems, including a costly, overlong shooting schedule that »
- Drew Taylor
Nothing Left To Fear is released on DVD, Blu-ray, On-Demand and On-Download on February 17. »
John Kahrs, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind Walt Disney Pictures' short film "Paperman," is set to direct a mysterious animated feature from Paramount Pictures titled Shedd . Details on Shedd are virtually nill, but it is said to be based on an original idea by Adam Goodman and will feature a script by Tripper Clancy. Founded in 2011, Paramount Animation was born out of the success of Gore Verbinski's Rango and the end of the studio's contract with DreamWorks Animation. SpongeBob SquarePants 2 will be the first Paramount Animation-branded feature when it hits the big screen on February 13, 2015. Also in development is Monster Trucks , currently set for release on May 29, 2015. (Photo Credit: Adriana M. Barraza / WENN.com) »
Heavy Metal Magazine has been purchased with plans to bring its properties to film and television.
Eastman will remain as publisher and minority investor, with Boxenbaum and Krelitz serving as joint CEOs.
Heavy Metal was launched in 1977 as an 'adult illustrated fantasy magazine'.
An animated Heavy Metal film was released in 1981.
David Fincher and »
Some of you might remember that a few years back Universal was working on adapting Bioshock, a very highly praised and popular video game, into a major motion picture. They had Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski attached and for some time it looked like this might be it, that one great game could […]
Read Bioshock concept art: The movie that almost was on Filmonic.
News of a planned BioShock feature film came to a screeching halt last year when Irrational’s Ken Levine revealed that the project was dead in the water. At that point in time, Gore Verbinski had been attached to direct, but Universal apparently got cold feet about pumping so much money into an R-rated flick.
But what if they hadn't? What if the long awaited BioShock movie actually ended up getting made? What would that look like?
Over on his website, designer Jim Martin just posted a bunch of the concept art Universal hired him to draw up for the flick, which gives us a glimpse into the world we almost experienced on the big screen. Sadly, the unused art may be the closest we ever get to the film becoming a reality.
Check out the artwork below, and let us know what ya think!
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- John Squires
The attempt to adapt Irrational Games’ Bioshock for the big screen is a story almost as tragic as that of the game’s fallen utopia of Rapture. Originally snapped up in 2008 with director Gore Verbinski at the helm (hopefully channeling equal parts The Ring and Pirates of the Caribbean), the film was supposed to be a hard-r flick that didn’t wince at violence. When the studio execs balked at the proposed $200 million budget and counteroffered with $80 million, Verbinski dropped out at was replaced by 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who then left the project in 2012. The final nail in the coffin game in the form of Irrational Games’ own Ken Levine, who was given carte blanche by publisher 2K Games to pull the proverbial plug if he saw fit. He did.
The concept artist for this tale of woe, one Jim Martin, has released his portfolio of art for the sunken film, »
- Carl Lyon
Films get announced, and then consigned to development Hell, all the time in Hollywood – it’s just the nature of the business. Because of that, I usually advise people not to get too excited when some big new project is announced. There’s always a good chance it will wind up languishing in cinematic purgatory forever. I’m good at doling out advice like that – but not so good at taking it. There’ve been two film projects that I really wanted to see that fell apart in the past few years. One was Guillermo del Toro’s planned adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. The other was Gore Verbinski’s big-budget take on the popular video game Bioshock. Neither looks like it’s happening anytime soon. However...
- Mike Bracken
This isn’t the first movie to get nods from both ends of the spectrum. Since the Razzies first began back in 1981, 47 movies have been nominated for both “awards”– some even for the same exact person or song. Here’s a look at the club The Lone Ranger just joined:
Oscar nods: Film editing, music (original song) for “People Alone” with music by Lalo Schifrin and lyrics by Wilbur »
- Ariana Bacle
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