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Could a live-action Bioshock movie be in the works...again? Kotaku reports, Sony Pictures has registered three curious domain names: bioshock-movie.com, bioshock-movie.net and bio-shock.net. At this time, there is no content available on these pages. Even if a Sony-produced BioShock films is only in the early stages of being developed it seems logical that the studio would want to lock down potentially lucrative domain names. Universal was the last studio to try and adapt BioShock to film. In 2008, Universal started developing a live-action film for the popular video game series, BioShock. Gore Verbinski ("The Lone Ranger") was set to direct a script written by John Logan ("The Last Samurai"). A year later, the R-rated Watchmen struggled at the box office. That lead Universal to feel uneasy about producing a $200 million R-rated BioShock. They requested Gore try to make his vision for around $80 million to help mitigate their risk exposure. »
Mike Flanagan wowed audiences with his feature directorial debut, Absentia, a few years back. Now he returns with an even creepier tale of supernatural terrors in Oculus (review). To celebrate the release of Oculus, we bring you a look at the Top Seven Supernatural Films that Haunt Us.
The funny thing about a really powerful supernatural movie, at least those that get wide theatrical releases, is they usually transcend the theater and become the talk of the nation for a while. And many of them even hang around our psyches for years and years to come.
We'll begin, as always, with our honorable mentions, and you'll see that many of them also took the country by storm. Low budget, found footage movies like Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project were absolutely larger than life during their theatrical releases.
However, bigger films can also reach out and grab you. Poltergeist »
- Scott Hallam
A movie about pirates. Based on a theme park ride. Starring the eighth lead from Lord of the Rings and the second fiddle from Bend It Like Beckham. From the director of The Ring remake (which was good) and The Mexican (which was, well, The Mexican.) Yes, expectations were let’s-say-mild for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, a film which looked on paper like a high-concept travesty-in-waiting. (The full title was ten words long.)
But there was a wild card in Disney’s deck. When Pirates arrived in July 2003, Johnny Depp was a well-respected actor »
- Darren Franich
Safe to say, prolific German composer Hans Zimmer is a workaholic. But the composer doesn't work nearly as hard as his multiplying 150-plus credits on a wide range of genres would suggest. Many folks take Zimmer for granted as a big-studio mainstream composer, but the musician is worth a closer listen. And while it's easy to recognize his signature oversize superhero scores, there's a reason he keeps getting hired by the likes of studio tentpole directors Zack Snyder ("Man of Steel"), Gore Verbinski ("Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Lone Ranger"), Ridley Scott ("Gladiator"), Christopher Nolan ("Inception," "The Dark Knight Rises," "Interstellar"), Guy Ritchie ("Sherlock Holmes") as well as Ron Howard ("The Da Vinci Code," "Rush") and Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave"). Zimmer pushes himself to get the job done. He's a serious collaborator for these directors. The secret to the eight-time Oscar nominee's ongoing currency: he's »
- Anne Thompson
Pirates of the Carribean director Gore Verbinski teams up with Johnny Depp once again to bring Tonto and The Lone Ranger back to life. Trailer for Disney's 2013 take on the classic Western story of lawman John Reid and Native American spirit warrior, Tonto, the unlikely pair teaming up to fight corruption and bring justice to the wild west. Also starring Armie Hammer and Helena Bonham-Carter. »
Gather round, children, and I'll tell you a tale, a tale of a time when the spirits of young Japanese girls haunted movie theaters around the world. The fad likely started with 1998's Ringu, a horror movie that inspired Gore Verbinski's 2002 film, The Ring. That same year, writer-director Takashi Shimizu took the genre further with Ju-On: The Grudge. True to form, that film was also remade in America, with Takashi again at the helm and Sarah Michelle Gellar in a starring role. I tell you this because even though The Grudge managed to churn out a few sequels, the property is now headed for a total reboot with plans to build a new franchise. Hit the jump for more. Deadline reports that Ghost House Pictures and Good Universe will relaunch The Grudge with Jeff Buhler (Midnight Meat Train) drafting the script. The low-budget horror film was the first in »
- Dave Trumbore
Hollywood’s six major studios have hardly rolled out the welcome mat in recent years for producers who aren’t delivering tentpoles.
And that’s opened the way for other players to step up.
Variety’s updated Facts on Pacts reveals that the number of on-the-lot deals among the Big Six has fallen to 138 — three less than it was six months ago. That’s higher than the low point in 2009, when the figure for all deals, including those not at the Big Six, bottomed out at 133, and about half that at the high point of 292 for all deals at the turn of the century, the heyday for first-look pacts.
There are also 16 deals with minimajors and production companies outside the six studios, led by four at New Regency, which last month signed Gore Verbinski and his Blind Wink shingle to a three-year producing-directing pact similar to its partnerships with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, »
- Dave McNary
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. »
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