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Visual Effects House Rhythm & Hues Sold to Prana Studios Affiliate

31 March 2013 3:04 PM, PDT

In what is hopefully a step forward towards calming the turmoil in the visual effects industry, Rhythm & Hues, the effects house behind Life of Pi, had acquired a new owner in a bankruptcy auction last week. Founded in 1987, Rhythm & Hues has been a powerhouse Hollywood digital effects studio for many years, but encountered trouble when a deal fell apart in 2013 and they went bankrupt, leaving hundreds of angry employees waiting for a paycheck. Many of them protested the Oscars this year and started the green avatar movement. Rhythm & Hues has been sold to a holding company that also owns VFX house Prana Studios. While news about the sale of Prana Studios, with offices in Mumbai, India and Los Angeles, was "delayed" due to a legal hold-up regarding approval, a press release was issued as confirmation. "Our partnership will allow R&H to continue the business of creating world-class digital imagery, »

- Alex Billington

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Six Opulent New Character Posters for Baz Luhrmann's 'Great Gatsby'

31 March 2013 2:59 PM, PDT

The eyes! It's all about their eyes! There's a new set of character posters for Warner Bros' adaptation of The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann, that I have to feature because I really like them. Most of these pretty faces are recognizable, from Leonardo DiCaprio to Tobey Maguire to Joel Edgerton to the always gorgeous Carey Mulligan; except for that shot of Isla Fisher as Myrtle, or the who-the-heck veiled girl that is actually up-and-coming actress Elizabeth Debicki. These feature that ornate gold pattern as a sleek border and you'll notice DiCaprio (Gatsby) is the only one with the frame on the left side. Nice touch. Here are the six character posters for Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby, found on Emileeid (via IMPAwards): If you haven't seen the latest energetic trailer for Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby, you can still watch it here. The Great Gatsby is »

- Alex Billington

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Can Bad Visual Effects Ruin a Film Like 'Oz the Great and Powerful'?

29 March 2013 2:28 PM, PDT

Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful is a mediocre film. While the film is surely entertaining, there isn't a whole lot to compliment. Most reviewers were quick to point out the dull script, the placid acting, and the overall lack of energy (all of which is understandable), but when looking at the views on the computer generated visual effects, we find the topic is divisive. Those who enjoyed the film touted its wonderful visual effects, while those who were less enthralled by it cried out for mercy from the seemingly neverending dull CGI landscapes, sometimes no better than a canvas backdrop. In a strange way, both viewpoints are correct. At various points, Oz's use of CGI is very impressive and appropriate, while other times it is overused and simply awful. While the film's mediocrity surely stems from the more critical issues stated above and has nothing to do with its use of CGI, »

- Tyler Wantuch

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Full Arsenal of Badass Jaeger Robots in 'Pacific Rim' Poster Collection

29 March 2013 1:18 PM, PDT

"Pilots ready to connect." The hype continues. Warner Bros has unveiled a set of four additional posters for Pacific Rim, featuring four more of the various Jaeger robots we built to fight the giant Kaiju monsters. We've already featured one of these before from Japan, the robot called Coyote Tango, but now we have a full arsenal. This time we get to see the Jaeger from Australia, Russia, China, and the good ole USA, with badass called "Gipsy Danger". If I was 14 again, I'd be collecting these posters like trading cards, probably even bring them to a Con to get signed by Guillermo. They're building such a cool world, can't wait to see it. Four more Jaeger posters added - Gipsy Danger, Striker Eureka, Cherno Alpha, Crimson Typhoon: For the full gallery, we suggest heading to IMPAwards. You can also visit PacificRimMovie.com for updates. Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's »

- Alex Billington

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China Getting an Alternate 'Iron Man 3' Cut with Exclusive Footage

29 March 2013 12:39 PM, PDT

When we heard that Marvel was looking to shoot some scenes from Iron Man 3 in China, we assumed it had something to do with Mandarin, and that was even before Ben Kingsley was officially revealed to by playing the comic book arch nemesis of Tony Stark. As it turns out, there's something different in store for the superhero on the other side of the world. We already knew that Chinese actor Wang Xueqi would have a role in the sequel, but now Marvel Studios and the Chinese media and entertainment company Dmg have announced that an alternate cut of the film will be released in China with a new cast member. More below! A press release today announced that while scenes featuring Xueqi will be featured in both versions of the film playing in China and elsewhere around the world, there will be more footage shot in Beijing last »

- Ethan Anderton

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Mark Wahlberg & Denzel Washington Team Up in First '2 Guns' Trailer

29 March 2013 12:35 PM, PDT

"You fight for the guy that's fighting next to you." Universal has debuted an extremely action-packed trailer for their summer movie 2 Guns, starring Mark Wahlberg & Denzel Washington as "a DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence" who team up to go after some bad guys. The way this starts out, they're playing the two against each other, which should make for some fun scenes. It's kind of a spoiler that they "team up", but then again that's the selling point - seeing these two "partner" up and kick some ass. I like the "All Along the Watchtower" remix they use, I'll be damned if this doesn't look like a hell of a good time. Here's the first trailer for Universal's 2 Guns, directed by Baltasar Kormákur, in high def from Apple: Universal's 2 Guns follows a DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer (Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington) who have been »

- Alex Billington

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The Best Movie Poster for Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers' Yet

29 March 2013 12:16 PM, PDT

Hypnotic. Mesmerizing. Exhilarating. Electrifying. Transfixing. Yes. All of the above (and much more). Harmony Korine's controversial love-it-hate-it film Spring Breakers is playing in theaters nationwide. To mark the occasion, A24 has released another poster. We've been featuring a lot of great posters for this wacky, wonderful film starring James Franco as "Alien", a rapper who takes four little chickies under his wing during spring break in Florida. But this one has to be the best poster they've released yet, capturing the intimate sunset moment from the film where they all sing Britney Spear's "Everytime" together. Perfection. Here's the brand new sunset poster for Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers, debuted in full by Indiewire: In Spring Breakers, Brit (Ashley Benson), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Cotty (Rachel Korine) & Faith (Selena Gomez) have been best friends since grade school. They live together in a boring college dorm and are hungry for adventure. All »

- Alex Billington

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Watch: Extended 'Evil Dead' TV Spot Featuring Bruce Campbell Intro

29 March 2013 12:12 PM, PDT

We've already seen the cream of the crop when it comes to promoting the remake of Evil Dead from director Fede Alvarez in the form of this super gory red band trailer. But now, the original film's star is getting in on the action as Bruce Campbell introduces this extended spot that will premiere on TV with the season finale of "The Walking Dead" this weekend. It's got some new footage we haven't seen along with quotes that continue to make us believe that this remake stands on its own two feet from the original film from director Sam Raimi (who also produced this remake). We'll definitely be there opening day. Watch! Here's the new TV spot for Fede Alvarez's Evil Dead from Nerdist: Evil Dead (2013) is a Raimi-approved-and-produced remake of Sam Raimi's original 1981 low budget horror classic, The Evil Dead. Directing is Fede Alvarez, a Uruguayan filmmaker »

- Ethan Anderton

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Sound Off: Jon Chu's 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' 3D - What Did You Think?

29 March 2013 9:45 AM, PDT

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The Joes are finally back! Arriving in theaters after being delayed for almost a year, Paramount has released G.I. Joe: Retaliation in 3D, a sequel to the live-action G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra movie. Jon M. Chu (of "The Lxd" and Never Say Never) is directing, with Channing Tatum back as Duke, Byung-hun Lee as Storm Shadow, and Dwayne Johnson joining as Roadblock. This time Cobra takes over the government, but will the Joes be able to stop them? How is this newest action extravaganza? If you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Honestly, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is an absolute blast to watch if you can shut your brain off. It's got plenty of silly action, familiar Joe characters popping up, and some amusing one-liners (though there are still some flat ones). In fact, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Video Blog Reaction to 'World War Z' Footage + Talk with Marc Forster

29 March 2013 9:02 AM, PDT

Last Friday, Paramount Pictures invited me and a handful of other film journalists to their studio lot in Hollywood to see 20 minutes of footage from the upcoming zombie blockbuster World War Z. Producer and star Brad Pitt was on hand to introduce the footage, and afterwards we spoke with director Marc Forster for an additional 20 minutes to get some insight into what to expect when the movie finally hits theaters this summer on June 21st, 2013. Myself and Germain Lussier from SlashFilm recorded a video blog to capture our reactions (watch it below) and there's some interesting remarks from Forster and Pitt. First up, star and producer Brad Pitt came front and center to introduce the intense new trailer for World War Z (which we saw in person in 3D) and then an extra 20 minutes of footage. Pitt said in the intro: "Four years ago, I knew nothing about zombies. I wasn't interested. »

- Ben Pearson

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Tina Fey & Steve Carell Still on 'Mail Order Groom' But Not Until 2014

29 March 2013 8:10 AM, PDT

It's been over three years since we've heard anything about the comedy Mail Order Groom which Tina Fey and Steve Carell attached themselves to at the end of 2009. This was when Date Night was coming up on release, so the project has been gestating for awhile. Since Carell and Fey both had their own respective TV gigs of "The Office" and "30 Rock" keeping them busy, getting the film together at the right time was rough. Now that their involvement on both series is out of the way, it sounded like the project might finally happen. However, Deadline reports scheduling has pushed the movie back to 2014 at the earliest. Read on! After finishing their TV series work, both Carell and Fey decided to jump on more than a few projects. Carell has had more time to get some together and is concentrating solely on his film career for now, and he'll »

- Ethan Anderton

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Forest Whitaker is Now Trying to Get Richard Pryor Biopic Moving

29 March 2013 7:54 AM, PDT

For years and years, various directors and actors have been trying to get a biopic following iconic stand-up comedian and actor Richard Pryor, but none have stuck. From names like Martin Scorsese and Damon Wayans (who were trying before Pryor passed away in 2005) to Bill Condon and Marlon Wayans' most recent attempt before The Twilight Saga lured the director away, there have been plenty of iterations. Comedians like Eddie Murphy (who has an amazing Pryor impression) and Chris Rock were once linked to the project, but to no avail. Now Forest Whitaker is behind the most recent effort, but not as the star. Whitaker is instead teaming with Jennifer Pryor, the late comedian's wife, to produce the film by way of the Phone Booth actor's Significant Productions banner. Whitaker will oversee development of a new script with input from Pryor's widow, and maybe this time it will actually work. »

- Ethan Anderton

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'Harry Potter' and 'History Boys' Star Richard Griffiths Has Died at 65

29 March 2013 7:29 AM, PDT

Sad news to start this Good Friday comes from across the pond as Reuters reports Harry Potter franchise star Richard Griffiths has passed away at 65 from complications following heart surgery. The British actor, who played Harry Potter's nasty Uncle Vernon in the multi-billion dollar series, has been acting for nearly 30 years, taking pivotal roles in both TV and film. His early career started on UK series like "The Sweeney" and "Minder" and would later return to the small screen for "Pie in the Sky" and "A King of Living." However, it's Griffiths presence as a character actor on the big screen that audiences remember. Griffiths brought one of his many stage roles (that landed him the Laurence Olivier award in 2005) to life in a film adaptation of The History Boys in 2006, but before that he had already starred in several critically lauded and world famous films like Gandhi and Chariots of Fire. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave' Scheduled for December Release

28 March 2013 4:01 PM, PDT

Briefly: In advance of any film festival debut, Fox Searchlight has acquired and announced a release date for Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (Serenity, Kinky Boots, Children of Men, American Gangster, Salt) as Solomon Northup, a man living in New York during the mid-1800s who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south. The film has an incredible ensemble cast, with Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Beasts nom Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Michael K. Williams and Marcus Lyle Brown. They've scheduled it for a release on December 27th, 2013, which bodes well for an awards push after very likely many film festival premieres. »

- Alex Billington

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Vintage Trailers Appear on Vine in 'Retweaser' Experiment Gone Wild

28 March 2013 3:32 PM, PDT

"Life moves pretty fast... if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Ah yes, mess with the internet, and they'll mess with you in return. Earlier this week, James Mangold was the first to tweet a "tweaser" for his movie The Wolverine, a 6-second preview (see it here) made in the Vine app. Hollywood marketers are head-over-heels right now for Vine, an app Twitter bought that allows anyone to make 6-second videos on endless loops. In response to the rather goofy promotion, Glass Eye Inc. (via The Verge) got in touch with UK trailer maker Tokyo and challenged them to cut together other old trailers into 6-second Vines. However, "early indications are that cutting tweasers is like crack for trailer-makers." Here's four of our favorite "retweasers" embedded below. These are only a few posted by @retweaser so far: .twitter-tweet { margin: 12px auto !important »

- Alex Billington

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Matthew McConaughey Offered the Lead in Chris Nolan's 'Interstellar'

28 March 2013 2:52 PM, PDT

After putting the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Guy Pearce and Hugh Jackman in lead roles, director Christopher Nolan is now expanding his collaborative efforts to a new face. Deadline has word that Matthew McConaughey currently has an offer for the lead male role in Interstellar, the film which the filmmaker boarded earlier this year with a script by his brother, The Dark Knight and The Prestige writer Jonathan Nolan. Though there are no plot details divulged, the film will depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding and McConaughey would play a guy named Cooper. The last we heard about this project was that it was based on scientific theories by Caltech astrophysicist Kip Thorne that involved time travel, alternative dimensions and more familiar tropes as a group of explorers travel through a wormhole. This would be a huge role for McConaughey, and »

- Ethan Anderton

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Confirmed: Chevy Chase & Beverly D'Angelo Back for New 'Vacation'

28 March 2013 2:10 PM, PDT

After recent reassurance from writers and debut directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein that they were working to get Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo to reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold for the gestation Vacation reboot at New Line, Variety has confirmed that the duo are now in talks for the comedy. Ed Helms leads the film as a grown up Rusty Griswold getting ready to embark on a family road trip of his own with his wife (recently cast Christina Applegate) and kids. While on this family trip to a currently unknown destination, Rusty makes a pit stop to see his mother and father. More below! As expected, it sounds like Chase and D'Angelo will merely be making cameos as their past characters. Though it hasn't been very long since the duo portrayed the Griswolds. Even though the last Vacation film was Vegas Vacation back in »

- Ethan Anderton

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First Look: 'The Office' Star B.J. Novak Joins 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'

28 March 2013 1:37 PM, PDT

Another day, another cast member for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Just last month Chris Cooper boarded the sequel as another potential future villain in the form of Norman Osborn, founder of Oscorp and father to Peter Parker's best friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan). Now director Marc Webb has keyed us into another cast member, likely only playing a bit part, as he tweeted one of his behind-the-scenes production photos, and it just happened to be of "The Office" star B.J. Novak. While the photo looks rather ominous, it's likely Novak is playing some university figure as the story is said to take Parker to college. Here's the photo of B.J. Novak in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from Marc Webb's Twitter: Making a joke, Webb tweeted, "Day 38. A supposed rumor about a Dunder-Mifflin takeover of Oscorp?" But for those who don't watch "The Office," you might recognize him from Inglourious Basterds or Reign Over Me. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Interview: 'Room 237' Director & Producer On the Doc + 'The Shining'

28 March 2013 12:44 PM, PDT

Director Rodney Ascher's documentary Room 237 has stuck with me ever since I first saw it at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The movie is an exploration of the deeper themes and meanings found in Stanley Kubrick's classic 1980 psychological horror film The Shining as told by five different fans who have come up with some quasi-insane but often-convincing theories about what's really going on at the Overlook Hotel. (The trailer is here.) I had a chance to speak with Ascher and the film's producer Tim Kirk here in L.A., and we talked about the movie as a piece of film criticism, getting a release beyond the festival circuit, and more. Room 237 made my year end top ten list last year, and hearing Ascher and Kirk speak about it reinforced my love for this film as a study of obsession viewed through one of Kubrick's most famous works. »

- Ben Pearson

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Tgb Episode 149: Ash and The Evil Deadites (Guest: Brian Collins)

28 March 2013 11:49 AM, PDT

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim (sans Jeremy) is joined by guest Brian Collins from Horror Movie a Day (Hmad) and Badass Digest to go through their latest picks of the week, the newest in DVD & Blu-ray releases, and the new trailers for Roland Emrich's White House Down and James Mangold's The Wolverine. The main topic of the night was a comprehensive review of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead Franchise, in honor of the new Evil Dead coming out. The guys talk over the three films including their favorites and the impact they've had on horror. They also speculate on the success of the new version. The Golden Briefcase is also broadcast Live on Wednesday nights starting ~7:30Pm Pst. You can listen in via our Ustream page or by visiting our own live page right here on Fs. The podcast is just as fun to »

- Tim Buel

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