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Today’s film is the 1902 short A Trip to the Moon. Also known by the title Le voyage dans la lune, this film is one of the earliest shorts in existence, and the precursor to the science fiction genre. It is directed and written by George Méliès, who adapted it from novels by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Méliès also stars in the film, one of over 500 shorts he made over the course of a career spanning 17 years. Méliès has been credited by many for pioneering a number of film techniques, and many of his works are now in the public domain. He was also the focus of the 2011 film Hugo.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
Rocketeer/Spirit: Pulp Friction #3
Writer: Mark Waid
Penciller: J. Bone
Colorist: Rom Fajardo
Rocketeer/Spirit #3 is a pretty over the top comic. Characters (especially the good ones) overreact to everything. When the Spirit tells the story of the death of Denny Colt and the birth, the heroic, man’s man Rocketeer runs off squealing like a pig about to be slaughtered. This melodrama also finds it into J. Bone’s art with grotesque expression and misshapen heads a regular occurrence on most pages. But despite its plethora of silly moments, Rocketeer/Spirit #3 is a solid middle chapter in Mark Waid’s miniseries and sets up the final confrontation between The Rocketeer and The Spirit and their nemeses The Octopus and Trask. And Bone depicts these villains in an understated, visually captivating way. The way he composes a panel shows how comfortable these men are straddling the world and »
- Logan Dalton
Not much is known about mysterious Disney "Tomorrowland" movie other than it focuses on a washed-up inventor (George Clooney) and a bright teenage girl (Britt Robertson) who "embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as 'Tomorrowland.'"
But webcomic artist Matthew Inman, a.k.a. The Oatmeal, may be able to shed some light on at least one real-life inspiration for the movie. Inman, a self-professed superfan of inventor Nikola Tesla, revealed in a recent blog post that Disney flew him to California for the express purpose of meeting with "Tomorrowland" director Brad Bird and discussing Tesla.
Inman said he had to sign a non-disclosure agreement stating he would not discuss anything about the film -- plot, characters, script -- but, he revealed on his blog, "we didn't talk about the movie. »
- Katie Roberts
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 has already caused me to giggle constantly, and that’s just through the marketing. In this latest clip released by Sony Picture’s Animation, we are introduced to Barry the Strawberry, who will no doubt be hitting toy shelves in plush form before long. I already get a weird Minions from Despicable Me vibe from the giant piece of fruit, and this clip shows the gang of returning characters encounter Barry for the first time.
Picking up where the last film left off (or should that be leftover?), the gang return to their hometown to find that it has become overrun by animal/food puns. It seems to be a bonkers take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, or even Jules Verne’s Journey To The Centre Of The Earth.
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 is released on »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
'"Did you just say the c-word?" She means crisps, but she's smuggled the actual c-word into your mind, for no real reason'
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Two very boring-looking couples are relaxing in what looks like the kitchen from Outnumbered. One of the men has given the other a promotion, which calls for a celebration involving champagne and wives and what, to the untrained eye, appear to be crisps. The recently-promoted man says, "These are great crisps," which doesn't sound like something a human would say, but seconds earlier he'd called his boss "boss" so at least the thing's consistent, believability-wise. Next, boss's wife looks aggrieved and asks, "Did you just say the c-word?" She means crisps, but she's smuggled the actual c-word into your mind, for no real reason. Then, in the most horrid, reproving voice you've ever heard, says, "No, no, no, they're not crisps. »
In almost everything, there is subtext, intentional or not. In the ‘not’ category is the significant black cloud coming with the silver lining of three massive developments in movieland this year. Firstly, after months of feverish speculation, J.J. Abrams was chosen as the man to helm the return of Star Wars to the big screen; he confirmed his worthiness for the role with the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, a mega-hit blockbuster action adventure putting the highly rated Star Trek 2009 into the shadows; almost in an attempt to draw attention away from Disney and Spielberg’s protégé, James Cameron announced that the most successful film of all time, his film Avatar, would indeed have the three sequels he had long discussed, thankfully with different screen writers covering the wordy bits. Cue much jubilation from fandom; the silver lining. The malignant black cloud, the subtext, was the continued throes of »
- Scott Patterson
The mystery surrounding Disney's adaptation of Tomorrowland got even weirder with the discovery of a long-lost box and its contents belonging to Walt Disney. Watch what information could get from the screenwriter behind "Lost," "Prometheus" and "Star Trek Into Darkness."
The plot surrounding the project starring George Clooney and directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Up, Ratatouille) is being withheld, and the man behind lots of secrets is writing the script for Tomorrowland. We caught up with scribe Damon Lindelof after Walt Disney’s live action presentation at this year’s D23, the fan event held at the Anaheim Convention every two years. At the presentation, a box and never-before-seen footage was unveiled that featured futuristic items and a blueprint surrounding the building of Tomorrowland. The unseen footage could possibly be authentic since Walt Disney often featured his Jules Verne-view of the future on his
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I don’t know exactly what it was that I was looking for when I stumbled across IanHendry.com, a website for the British character actor who died too young in 1984, but in the site’s gallery I was knocked for six by this poster. I had no idea what the film was (George Segal, Orson Welles and Ursula Andress together at last?) and had never heard of the director Sidney Hayers, but a quick IMDb check revealed the film to be the 1969 British film The Southern Star, a “comedy adventure based on a Jules Verne novel about the ups and downs of jewel thieves in the wilds of Africa circa 1900,” and a film with a very different English-language poster as you can see here here. A search on the title on the Polish poster database CinemaPoster.com, revealed the designer to be one Andrzej Bertrandt, born 1938.
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- Adrian Curry
The Walt Disney Co. has assured the Australian government that it.s committed to shooting 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo Down Under next year.
Government agencies queried the studio after Us websites last week reported the 20,000 Leagues remake was kaput.
IndieWire and other sites jumped to that conclusion after news that David Fincher, who was set to direct the 3D version based on the Jules Verne classic novel, will start shooting Gone Girl in September for 20th Century Fox and New Regency.
The Hollywood Reporter said budget issues had torpedoed the remake, which is said to cost at least $200 million. The theory was that Disney was unwilling to embark on another high-risk film after the debacle of The Lone Ranger.
Disney told government agencies the statement which it issued in May still stands: .Disney has confirmed that the production is still in development with casting decisions still to be confirmed, »
- Don Groves
Disney has been developing an adaptation of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea for several years, with David Fincher being attached to direct for some time. However, production kept being delayed (due to difficulties finding an actor to star in the production, among other issues). With that said, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the movie is apparently dead - at least with Fincher. According to The Playlist, the director is no longer involved with the big budget 3D adaptation, and his take on the movie has actually been inactive for months, despite other reports saying that filming would commence in Australia next year. As stated before, one of the problems in moving forward was locking down a lead actor (apparently to play Ned Land). Fincher had trouble deciding to find somebody else after frequent collaborator Brad Pitt declined, and ended up approaching both Matt Damon and Daniel Craig »
In fact, it goes so far as to claim the reports in April about the film getting a tax credit in Australia was a desperate move by the government to entice the filmmakers and producers into continuing with the project.
The reasons for the project collapse are numerous. Fincher's first choice Brad Pitt passed. Backup choices Daniel Craig and Matt Damon didn't want to be away from their families for the shoot which would've been at least five months.
- Garth Franklin
It was recently announced Ben Affleck would lead director David Fincher's adaptation of Gone Girl, which put the question as to what was up with his big budget, 3-D take on Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea over at Disney. After all, wasn't the Australian government doing everything they could to lure the production down underc As it turns out, that's exactly what that was, a bit of a fishing expedition as The Playlist reports Fincher has been off the project for months with Gone Girl his only target. The most recent reports on Gone Girl had Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt vying for the title role, but now The Hollywood Reporter says Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher) is now the frontrunner as production is expected to begin this fall. Update: Variety is reporting Abbie Cornish, Olivia Wilde and Julianne Hough are also in the running for »
- Brad Brevet
With two major blockbuster flops in two years (“John Carter,” “The Lone Ranger”), the conventional wisdom follows that Disney is probably not green-lighting any major, untested would-be franchises anytime soon (even the the trio behind “The Pirates of The Caribbean” films, Bruckheimer, Depp and Verbinski proved nothing’s a sure thing). And so eyes immediately turned to David Fincher’s ambitious $200 million-plus, 3D tentpole adaptation of “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.” Given the recent announcement that Fincher would be directing the thriller “Gone Girl” with Ben Affleck this fall, we assumed the Jules Verne project had been scrapped, for the simple reason that Disney is not going to bankroll a potentially risky project. However, after doing some digging, sources close to the project and the Fincher camp tell us “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” has been dead, at least from the Fincher side of things, for months. That report in April about »
- Edward Davis
News Louisa Mellor 10 Jul 2013 - 07:45
Fox, it's been announced, has ordered a pilot for a new version of Moore and Kevin O'Neill's concept, which sees fictional Victorian characters from the worlds of Jules Verne, H. Rider Haggard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.G. Wells and Bram Stoker, team up to fight bad guys.
As a 'put pilot' commitment, Fox will incur a penalty should the pilot not be aired, so according to those in the know, that makes it a very good bet we'll eventually see some League action on screen.
The official bumpf describes the show as "A drama series based on Alan Moore’s »
Disney makes me a very happy man by releasing Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Atlantis: Milo's Return on Blu-ray. The 3-Disc Special Edition includes both movies on a single Blu-ray and separately on regular DVDs. Recognized as Walt Disney Feature Animation's first science fiction film, it underperformed at the box office despite good word-of-mouth from audiences. An extended life on video and DVD has garnered it as one of Disney's most overlooked gems of a bygone era.
In Atlantis: The Lost World, historian Milo Thatch leads a crew of the world's greatest archaeologists and explorers in a search for the lost city of Atlantis. They travel through the depths of the dangerous sea aboard the submarine Ulysses. Only expecting to unearth ruins and artifacts, the team is astonished to find the ancient city still thriving with life.
This is one of my all-time favorite animated Disney features. It's a masterful »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
It’s time to put that extra cash to good use. Get a promotion? Inherit a small fortune? Looking to complete an esteemed collection, or start one? Or just care to dream about owning the first edition of The Time Machine? A bunch of classic science fiction works are going on auction this June 20th thanks to Swann Auction Galleries.
There’s a ton of awesome first editions from the mighty pens of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King and Mary Shelley. While a lot of it is pricey, it’s undeniably fun and awesome to at least check out the book art and these rare covers and books, which you can find in our gallery below, following the press release that goes into more detail about these enticing pieces. If I could have one? Probably the original Frankenstein.
The auction is taking place in New York, but »
- Andy Greene
Aren't they just the cutest? Photographers caught Pippa Middleton out on a date with her beau Nico Jackson tonight, as they headed to the opening of the new cocktail lounge Mr. Fogg's in London's Mayfair district. Kate Middleton's little sis looked stunning, wearing a chic Lbd and flashing a shy smile as her man—who was looking quite dapper—tucked his arm around her shoulders. The swanky new place is a recreation of the imagined home of the Jules Verne hero Phileas Fogg, according to London's Telegraph. Probably after traveling around the world in 80 days, you would have amassed quite the collection of photos and annotated maps, as well—and would want »
Disney's remake of the Jules Verne classic novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has hit another snag. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the studio has delayed production of the remake to 2014. Filming was slated to begin next month in Sydney. Last month, the Australian government earmarked $21.6 million for the movie to be shot in their country and claimed that it "would create 2,000 new jobs." It appears the delay is a casting issue brought about as a result of Brad Pitt passing on the lead role. The production has undergone several production pains since the remake was initially launched in 2009. Back then, McG was set to direct the film but has since given way to David Fincher, though there have been scheduling issues due to Fincher's packed slate...
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Uh oh – it looks like David Fincher’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea remake is dead in the water for now according to Disney. The film’s production, which was supposed to start shooting in Sydney, Australia next month after a very hefty offer from the Government down under, has been pushed all the way back to 2014 – much to the dismay of an extremely eager Australia.
With Captain David Fincher (The Social Network/Fight Club) reuniting with his first-mate scribe Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en) to take a crack at Disney’s epic underwater adventure, it’s a shame that casting troubles are to blame for the delay in production. Although there’s been talk hinting Channing Tatum could take the lead as Ned Land, there was also a rumor Fincher wanted Brad Pitt for the exact same role. While Tatum still hasn’t openly declined playing Land, the latter has, and »
- Matt Donato
The saga of director David Fincher’s delayed remake of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is a long and painful one. There have been many incarnations of Jules Verne’s classic 1870 novel, both on film and television, but it’s the 1954 Disney production – the only science-fiction film produced by Walt Disney himself – which to date remains the most beloved and definitive version of the story.
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo director Fincher has been chasing this project for a long time. It was finally set to go into production a few months ago with Fincher’s Se7en screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker to rewriting a script by Side Effects scribe Scott Z. Burns. Now the project has reportedly been put on hold once again, with production due to begin in early 2014.
The delay was reported by the Sydney ...
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- Anthony Vieira
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