9 items from 2014
"Will you follow me one last time?" It was interesting how different my reaction to Saturday's panel for "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" was to the reaction Greg Ellwood had. I agree with him that Cate Blanchett was positively radiant and that Stephen Colbert couldn't have been funnier in his unbridled nerd enthusiasm for all things Tolkien. I think everyone on the panel was great. I love these people, no doubt about it. And as I've written, I think the "Hobbit" films so far are good at what they're doing and getting better, while still not as great as the work he did on "Lord Of The Rings." What I had a problem with on Saturday was that the panel was at least twice as long as anything else Warner Bros. did. I guess at this point, financially speaking if nothing else, Peter Jackson and company have »
- Drew McWeeny
Bengal Mangle Productions have claimed that Ted is an unlawful copy of their animated bear from web series, Charlie The Abusive Teddy, that was aired in 2009 and 2010 on YouTube and FunnyOrDie.com. They said that Charlie and Ted both have strong similarities with one another, as they spend most of the time sitting on the living room couch, drinking and smoking. Also, their mannerisms such as swearing and attitudes to things are substantially the same they added and what’s even more bizarre is that they also bought in Twitter accounts in to the argument, saying they too copy the tone of Charlie.
- Louise Tooth
They're talented, individual, but could, possibly, do with a bit of editorial guidance. Could these directors use a boss, we wonder?
In truth, we're a bit frightened about this one. Several times in pub/coffee shop/cider drinking in the park conversations, we've chatted about film directors who perhaps have got too powerful, that they seem to be able to get their own way without having someone to call bullshit on them - be it a good boss, or a very good friend that they trust and listen to.
This can be a very good thing. After all, we want film directors to be free to tell their stories. We don't want studio suits calling the shots. And some directors use their independence wondefully well, without losing what bought it to them in the first place (so, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis and such like).
It’s no secret that The Hobbit films haven’t been as universally praised as director Peter Jackson’s trilogy of Lord of the Rings films, with many pointing to The Hobbit’s propensity for CG over practical effects (and discarding of miniatures altogether) as distracting and, at times, downright ugly. Though Jackson got his start with gore-filled, practical effects-based horror comedies like Bad Taste and Dead Alive, his recent work has leaned heavily on visual effects. However, Jackson’s affinity for CG sequences didn’t simply begin with The Hobbit or even King Kong, but with the Lord of the Rings trilogy itself. Rewatching the films, one can see a growing amount of CGI-enhanced sequences as the series moves on, with Return of the King concluding in the epic VFX-heavy battle of Minas Tirith. Though some are fans of what Jackson has been doing with cutting-edge technology, others are disappointed in the shift. »
- Adam Chitwood
Stars: Jason Crowe, Josh Eal, Erin R. Ryan, Steve Rimpici, Dustin Mills, Allison Fitzgerald, Janet Jay, Roni Jonah, Brandon Salkil, Minnie Grey, Eugene Flynn, Dave Parker | Written and Directed by Dustin Wayde Mills
Dustin Wayde Mills is an indie filmmaker out of Ohio, who specializes in low (some would say micro) budget horror, a number of which involve puppets(!), released directly to his [growing] fanbase via self-distributed DVD, Blu-ray and VOD channels. Having found some success with the films released under his Dustin Mills Production banner, Mills has expanded his repertoire with his new production shingle Crumpleshack Films which aims to produce rough(er) exploitation flicks. And with the release of the first Crumpleshack Films production, Her Name Is Torment, we’re taking a look at some of the highlights of Mills’ oeuvre, beginning with his killer bunny flick Easter Casket.
All hell breaks loose when Peter Cottontail aka The Easter »
- Phil Wheat
The New Zealand Film Commission is getting out of the business of selling feature films and shorts internationally as part of a wide revamp of the agency.s structure and mission.
The Nzfc will seek to place the new and recent films it represents with sales agents and is hiring a consultant with sales experience to manage the transition. That process will start on April 1.
The organisation, which has 129 films under its care, will continue to handle sales of at least some of the older titles. The Commission has sold the films it produced or invested in for more than 40 years, including An Angel at My Table, Bad Taste, Vigil, Once Were Warriors, Sleeping Dogs, Smash Palace, The Navigator, The World's Fastest Indian and, more recently, Black Sheep, Eagle vs Shark, Two Little Boys and Fresh Meat.
Lindsay Shelton, who served as marketing director from its inception in 1979 until 2001, was »
- Don Groves
It’s going to be a tough ask for writer/director Joss Whedon to top his hugely enjoyable and successful superhero ensemble The Avengers. As we wait patiently for the follow-up, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, we’re left to ponder the script direction and just what our favourite comic-book characters will be up against this time around. Most recently we learned not only will S.H.I.E.L.D.’s finest battle James Spader’s robotic villain in the sub-title but Thomas Kretschmann’s Baron von Strucker!
In a recent interview, Whedon has commented on the upcoming sequel and which franchise – or more specifically ‘entry’ – he’s going to be drawing his inspiration from:
“The events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier will definitely affect the world of Avengers 2. But at the end of the day, I have to make my movie assuming that people will only have seen the first one, or possibly »
- Craig Hunter
Further information has come to light regarding the Italian part of filming on the upcoming "Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron".
Along with the previously announced Fort Bard in Northern Italy, the nearby municipalities of Aosta, Donnas, Pont-Saint-Martin and Verres will also be used for location filming. Up 1,500 cast and crew, including 500 extras, will be involved in the film.
Reportedly Marvel submitted proposals to use the location over nine months ago, so this filming has been planned for a while.
In less confirmed news, reports have emerged of some filming for the movie taking place in Korea, specifically Seoul's Gangnam District and surrounding Gyeonggi Province.
The bulk of filming takes place at Pinewood-Shepperton in the UK starting this March.
Source: Bad Taste & KPopStarz »
- Garth Franklin
Joss Whedon attended the French premiere of his "Much Ado About Nothing" film recently where he discussed the project he's heavily involved in prep for now, some small Marvel film called "Avengers: Age of Ultron".
Talking with Allocine, he revealed that the upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" will have an impact on the story in 'Ultron', and added that Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather: Part II" was a major influence on the upcoming sequel:
"The events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier will definitely affect the world of Avengers 2. But at the end of the day, I have to make my movie assuming that people will only have seen the first one, or possibly not even seen the first one.
- Garth Franklin
9 items from 2014
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