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Legendary sci-fi visual effects expert Douglas Trumbull hasn't directed a feature since 1983's Brainstorm, when his star Natalie Wood died under mysterious (and infamous) circumstances during a party on Catalina Island as the film was under production. Now, the man who created the visual effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner returns to directing after 30 years with an experimental sci-fi short Ufotog , which will be a test run for potentially two planned features that would take advantage of these technical capabilites. Photos: Natalie Wood: A Hollywood Icon Remembered The innovative filmmaker, inventor (Showscan) and Oscar-recipient's
- Carolyn Giardina
When I was in sixth grade, the teacher told my class that by the time we could get driver's licenses hover cars would be all the rage and we'd be cruising around on air! Of course, it's 2013 now and we still haven't mastered the technology of Back to the Future Part II's hover board, much less mass-marketed hover mobiles. Still, at least society hasn't devolved so far that Manhattan has become a maximum-security prison. And while class struggle is frequent topic of conversation, let's be glad "bonejacking" a la Freejack hasn't come to fruition yet. And these are just a few of the observations we can enjoy thanks to Dan' Meth's sci-fi movie timeline. As you can see in the infographic above, Meth has charted the production dates and time settings of a wide array of science fiction features, from Blade Runner and Children of Men, to Dune and Alien. »
Spoiler Alert: This blog is published ahead of the screening of Prometheus on Sky Showcase on Sunday at 8pm. Do not read if you have not seen the film and don't want to know anything about it.
"A king has his reign, and then he dies. It's inevitable" - Meredith Vickers
It is the year 2093. Mankind's plan to visit everything that cavemen point at in pictures has finally reached fruition, in tandem with Weyland Corp's top secret Operation Pretend to Be Dead But Really Just Hide on a Spaceship Even Though It Makes No Sense. Finally, we are about to answer humanity's most important questions. Who are we? Why are we here? Wouldn't it be cleverer to run away from that falling spaceship sideways? »
- Stuart Heritage
Trevor Hogg chats with Primetime Emmy-winner Everett Burrell about his career, the visual effects industry and working for Look Effects...
Ray Harryhausen and Everett Burrell“Growing up my dad was a musician and my mom was artist,” recalls Everett Burrell who drew and painted as a child. “My little kids draw and paint now, and they’re only three and two. It’s in the blood.” A fascination with special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen (Clash of the Titans) expanded into a business venture with John Vulich (Lost Boys). “I was into creature effects and props when I was younger. I had a company called Optic Nerve Studios where I did zombies and creatures. I started playing with the computer in 1989 and I’ve loved it ever since. I loved the control and flexibility but I still respect effects. My heart is in the hands on stuff.” The interest in the »
1. Nintendo is in a great position at E3 for one simple reason: Everyone loves Nintendo. Or rather: Everyone wants to love Nintendo. Anyone who cares about videogames almost certainly spent a considerable part of their childhood living in universes created by Nintendo. Super Mario Brothers, The Legend of Zelda, Kirby’s Dreamland, Donkey Kong, Starfox: These were experiences inscribed in a couple generations of young people. Growing up playing videogames isn’t like growing up watching movies or reading books, for one simple reason: You are playing along. You are there. It’s like having an amusement park in your living room. »
- Darren Franich
As all lovers of crime, suspense thriller, war, western, horror and science fiction films know, creating a truly great cinematic villain is no easy task. When it happens, it’s virtually impossible to forget that character.
We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains of the 1980’s.
The criteria for this article is the same as my previous article Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970’s: the villains must be from live-action films-no animated features-and must pose some type of direct or indirect lethal threat. The villains can be either individuals or small groups that act as one unit.
The villains must be human or human in appearance, so no shape-shifting alien from John Carpenter’s amazing 1982 The Thing, no Aliens from James Cameron’s classic 1986 sequel and no Predator from John McTiernan’s beloved 1987 film of the same name.
Also, individuals that are the central protagonists/antiheroes »
- Terek Puckett
Feature Laura Akers 12 Jun 2013 - 07:00
Laura takes a closer look at what Castle episode The Final Frontier says about changing attitudes towards geek actors and fans...
Castle, as a result of its male lead—Firefly’s Nathan Fillion—has an established history of geek referencing. Usually, these references are winks at itself: Richard Castle dressing up as Malcolm Reynolds for Halloween (although he identifies as a “space cowboy” rather than as Mal), Kate Beckett referring to a party as “shiny,” Martha asking Castle (with great incredulity) “You haven’t heard of the Serenity?” and appearances by Fillion’s old shipmates Adam Baldwin and Gina Torres.
But it goes a bit deeper than this. Fillion, himself a mammoth geek, has made Richard Castle into one as well. The mystery writer collects toys, is an avid gamer, and has a full-size Boba Fett in his bathroom. In an industry where actors »
I’m an avid movie re-watcher, in the sense that I look forward to revisiting those movies which I’ve already seen with the same sense of wonder and excitement that I do the brand spanking new ones. Not everybody would agree with me: infamous movie critic Pauline Kael was renowed for her one-time viewing policy, in that she would only ever watch a movie once, and let whatever messages or feelings she garnered from that first time mark her final opinion.
Though I disagree with Kael’s idea that a movie should only ever be watched once (she continued this habit until the day she died), I do think that there are some movies out there that do well by this rule. Though almost every movie ever made which is considered to be of good quality begs to be revisited time and time again – how could somebody only watch »
- T.J. Barnard
The new movie The Internship, which opened in fourth place with $18.1 million this past weekend, depicts what it's like to work at Google. It is obviously fictionalized for comedy purposes, but otherwise that's a real company. What might be more fun to watch is the story of interns at a fictional company. I don't mean just any made-up company. In fact, that sounds pretty pointless. I mean a well-known fictional company. Like Tyrell Corp. (Blade Runner) or Cyberdyne Systems Corp. (The Terminator) or Oscorp. (Spider-Man) or Umbrella Corp. (Resident Evil) or Soylent Corp. (Soylent Green) or Weyland-Yutani Corporation. (Alien) or LexCorp. (Superman). Okay, maybe not an infamously evil or even just controversial company (is it basically that any...
- Christopher Campbell
Attention people in Chile, Chileans or tourists visiting, there's a new movie opening today (June 6) and it's one of the most long-awaited Chilean productions of all year (besides the two films starring Michael Cera and directed by Sebastiàn Silva). Directed by Alicia Scherson and starring the international star Rutger Hauer (Hobo with a Shotgun, Blade Runner) and the most beloved young actress of Chile, Manuela Martelli (Machuca, B-Happy), The Future opens on more than 12 screens all over Chile, including the always classic "Cine Normandie," as well as in major chains.The film, based on the novel "Una novelita lumpen" by Chilean author Roberto Bolaño, follows Bianca (Martelli) and her brother after the death of their parents and how they reflect their life in a lonely apartment...
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When we reported in May of last year about the upcoming Blade Runner 2 directed by Ridley Scott, we had said that it would be a sequel featuring a female protagonist written by original Blade Runner writer Hampton Fancher. Now it seems that a hard reset button has been pushed, and we’re not even certain that it will be a sequel.
According to The Wrap, Green Lantern writer Michael Green is now in talks to pen the project and it’s still up in the air as to whether it will be a sequel or even a prequel, though The Wrap has a source that strongly believes it will be set many years after the first film. I’m interested to see whatever they have planned and am just glad it’s not a remake of Blade Runner adapted from Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? »
- Jess Orso
Why dear God are they making a sequel? Ugh. Veteran scribe Michael Green (“Green Lantern”) is moving from superheroes to replicants, as he’s in negotiations to write the sequel to “Blade Runner” for Alcon Entertainment and director Ridley Scott’s production company Scott Free, an individual familiar with the Warner Bros. project has told TheWrap. Awesome. The guy who wrote “Green Lantern”, cause we all know that was such an awesomely written movie! Right? Right???? Anyhoo. We’re told that the sequel will be “set some years after the conclusion of the influential first film”, and Ridley Scott is back to direct. Oh, Ridley. Of all the films you could make sequels to, why in God’s name would you want to make a sequel to one of your best films? Then again, you did think “Prometheus” was a good idea, so why am I so surprised? »
Some (actually quite a few) sci-fi films are more than just pieces of escapist entertainment. Some of them are freakin' prophets, don'tcha know, making predictions about what life will be like once we reach the year in which the particular film takes place.
Okay, it doesn't always work: when we reach 2015 in a couple of years, it's probably safe to say that there won't be the flying cars of "Back to the Future Part II." But who's to say our 2019 won't involve a Los Angeles that looks like New York City with a lot of Atari logos (as depicted in "Blade Runner") or that our 805,971 won't involve, uh, Guy Pearce (as depicted in "The Time Machine")?
Behold the (possible) future(s »
- NextMovie Staff
Somehow, and I’m not sure how to properly explain this, but a sequel to Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi flick “Blade Runner” just feels … wrong. It feels even wronger with Scott on board to direct. I dunno. Maybe it’s the nihilistic, dystopian nature of the 1982 movie, but the idea of doing a completely unnecessary sequel to it, one that, we’re told, will take place “some years after the conclusion of the influential first film” just seems to go against every fiber of that film’s being. Anyways, Alcon Entertainment and Scott himself apparently don’t feel that way, and are definitely moving on ahead with the sequel. The producers have now brought screenwriter Michael Green onboard to write the latest draft of “Blade Runner 2″. Green is the writer on record for D.C./Warner’s much-maligned “Green Lantern” (uh oh), and the will-never-be-made “Flash” movie. He got »
Oscar Pistorius returned to court today for the first time since being granted bail back in February as he prepares to stand trial in the Valentine's Day shooting death of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. During the brief hearing, South African Magistrate Daniel Thulare granted prosecutors' request to postpone the case until Aug. 19 to give police investigators more time to gather evidence and interview witnesses. While that day just happens to be what would have been Steenkamp's 30th birthday, defense lawyers for the 26-year-old Paralympian otherwise known as Blade Runner did not object to the delay. Unlike his bail proceeding when he sobbed openly in court, a clean-shaven Pistorius stood »
Stranger Than Most encourages you to see these 20 underseen masterpieces. Lot of great films mentioned though I shall limit my "seconded!" shouting to Summer Hours, Three Women and [safe] today
Guardian Joss Whedon "I kept telling my mom that reading comic books would pay off"
Gawker volcanic imagery aside, After Earth is not scientology propaganda, just a crap movie
Hollywood & Swine after After Earth's rough opening weekend, Sony cancels "take your kid to work day" Lol
The Atlantic when did men -- other than George Clooney of course -- lose their charm?
Cinema Blend pages from Heath Ledger's Joker diary. Cb claims this is from a German tv series but the narration is in French so I'm not sure what's going on
- NATHANIEL R
This past week the news has been skipping around the internet regarding the progress of a sequel to Blade Runner. Scott Free, a production company owned by the film’s original director Ridley Scott, has hired Michael Green, one of the credited writers for the Green Lantern film, to perform rewrites on a sequel to Blade Runner that original writer Hampton Fancher has put together. This is no guarantee that Green will be the only writer to try this or that Scott will wind up directing it. At the moment, as long as the story is on paper, it’s a movie that “could” happen, rather than will happen. It is unsure if any of the original cast from the film will appear or even be mentioned.
In my mind, it is not the question of who is involved that is the main issue. I feel that the whole premise »
- David Allkins
- Andy Greene
The interesting looking Jugface is getting a theatrical release. Following a VOD release on July 8th, the movie is coming to theaters on August 9th. Read on for the press release, as well as a new poster for the film that came with the announcement.
Los Angeles, CA (May 30, 2013) – Modernciné announced today that Jug Face, the tense horror-thriller written and directed by Chad Crawford Kinkle, will have a national theatrical roll out on August 9th through its domestic distribution arm Modern Distributors. The film was produced by Andrew van den Houten (“Funeral Kings,” ‘’The Woman”) and Robert Tonino (‘’Home Movie,” “Ghoul”) for Modernciné, and stars Lauren Ashley Carter (“The Woman”), Sean Bridgers (“Deadwood”), Sean Young (“Blade Runner”), Larry Fessenden (“I Sell the Dead”) and Daniel Manche (“The Girl Next Door”). Jug Face was executive produced by Lucky McKee, Arrien Schiltkamp and Loren Semmens. The film will have a pre-theatrical VOD roll out in the U. »
- Andy Greene
The Hollywood Reporter recently published a profile on Damon Lindelof and the "Rise of the Power Writer" cover tease immediately spoke to one of my biggest issues with Hollywood. While I don't fault Lindelof the way others do, I do think the way his talents (and others like him) have been utilized as of late speak to the reason so many of today's films suffer. Lindelof even alludes to the major issue when discussing his upcoming project Tomorrowland, an original story he co-wrote with Jeff Jensen with Brad Bird directing and George Clooney starring. The THR article says the project came about as Lindelof was inspired to do something original. Everything he's done to date has been based on something that wasn't his, a world someone else created. Lindelof adds, "Honestly, I think Tomorrowland will be the first really original credit that I've produced in my career." On the heels »
- Brad Brevet
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