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Herculean Task: The Third Floor & Hercules

14 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the Director’s Cut arriving on DVD & Blu-Ray for Hercules on December 1, 2014 in the UK, Trevor Hogg chats with Joshua Wassung  about the previs and postvis work contributed by The Third Floor…

“Our team at The Third Floor provided close to thirty minutes of previs over eight sequences,” states The Third Floor Previsualization Supervisor Joshua Wassung as to work contributed to Hercules [2014].  “This was our first collaboration with Brett Ratner [Rush Hour]; he was referred to us and came to visit and talk about his vision for the film. We clicked pretty quickly and began work the next week!”  There was a regular line of communication with the American filmmaker and John Bruno (The Abyss) who was the visual effects supervisor for the project.  “We collaborated directly with Brett on the ground in Los Angeles and held reviews regularly with him via Skype and cineSync while he was on location in Budapest. »

- Trevor Hogg

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'The Abyss': Read THR's Original 1989 Review

9 November 2014 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A big-budget adventure from an accomplished director that takes its characters on a fantastic journey to places never before seen on the silver screen… while that description might apply to Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, in 1989 it would have referred to The Abyss. James Cameron’s underwater epic was a massive technical achievement, and given the filmmaker’s pedigree it had all the hallmarks of success; unfortunately, it failed to set the box office on fire (though Tim Burton’s Batman, released just two months prior, may have had something to do with that). On Aug. 7, 1989 The Hollywood Reporter called the movie

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Interstellar: the 2008 script & its wildly different ending

7 November 2014 8:55 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The 2008 draft of Interstellar varied wildly from the one Christopher Nolan brought to the screen. We take a look at what changed...

Nb: This article contains major spoilers for Interstellar.

Whatever your opinion of Interstellar, it’s difficult to fault the scale of Christopher Nolan’s odyssey. Propelled by great blasts from composer Hans Zimmer’s church organs, Interstellar explores both the fragility of human relationships and the enormity of the universe, our need for interconnection and also our desire to strike out and explore the unknown.

From its genesis, Interstellar was a movie with big ideas. Beginning life in 2006 as a project for Steven Spielberg to direct, screenwriter Jonathan Nolan (brother of Christopher) was hired to pen the script, based on an original concept by producer Lynda Obst and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne. Jonathan worked on the project for several years before Spielberg departed, and when Christopher Nolan took »

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Gale Anne Hurd To Receive 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award

29 October 2014 4:03 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Filmmaker Gale Anne Hurd will receive the 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. The award will be presented to Hurd at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The Producers Guild of America made the announcement today.

“I am humbled to be mentioned in the same breath as the legendary producer David O. Selznick, and to receive an award in his name is truly an honor in and of itself,” said Hurd. “But even more important to me is the recognition it represents from my esteemed peers and colleagues at the Producers Guild of America.”

Gale Anne Hurd is one of the entertainment industry’s most esteemed producers of Academy Award-winning films and Emmy Award-winning programs that shatter box office and ratings records.

Hurd worked on Roger Corman’s Battle Beyond The Stars and went on »

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PGA Awards to honor ’Walking Dead,’ ‘Terminator’ producer Gale Anne Hurd

29 October 2014 11:21 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It’s unclear who dubbed Gale Anne Hurd the “First Lady of Sci-Fi,” but it’s a title she owns with every fiber of her being. James Cameron's former confidante (and wife), Hurd started as an executive assistant to Roger Corman before producing such films as "The Terminator," "Aliens," "The Abyss," "Tremors," "The Relic," "Armageddon," Ang Lee's "Hulk," "and "Aeon Flux.” Today, she’s more popular ever, the matriarch and hype woman of the highest rated cable television show, AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” For her undeniable contributions to the world of blockbuster cinema, the Producers Guild of America has announced that it will bestow Hurd with its highest honor. The PGA announced today that Gale Anne Hurd will receive the 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. Previous winners include Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson, the producers behind the James Bond franchise, Working Title Films’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, »

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Gale Anne Hurd in PGA lifetime honour

29 October 2014 9:58 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gale Anne Hurd will receive the Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. 

The award will be presented at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 24 2015 in Los Angeles.

“I am humbled to be mentioned in the same breath as the legendary producer David O. Selznick, and to receive an award in his name is truly an honour in and of itself,” said Hurd. “But even more important to me is the recognition it represents from my esteemed peers and colleagues at the Producers Guild Of America.”

Previous winners of the Selznick award include Stanley Kramer, Saul Zaentz, Billy Wilder, Clint Eastwood, Jerry Bruckheimer, Brian Grazer, Laura Ziskin, Roger Corman, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, Scott Rudin, Steven Spielberg and last year’s recipients Michael G Wilson & Barbara Broccoli.

Hurd’s credits include The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Armageddon, [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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'Walking Dead' Producer Gale Anne Hurd to Receive PGA Achievement Award

29 October 2014 9:24 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Producer Gale Anne Hurd, known for her work on AMC's "The Walking Dead" and James Cameron films "Aliens," the "Terminator" series and "The Abyss," will receive the Producers Guild of America's 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award. The prize will be presented to Hurd at the 26th annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, January 24, 2015 in Los Angeles. Hurd's production career launched when she produced and co-wrote Cameron's box office smash "The Terminator" in 1984. Other feature credits include commercially minded films "Armageddon," "Hulk" and "The Incredible Hulk," "Aeon Flux," "The Punisher" and the Oscar winner "The Ghost and the Darkness." Her executive-produced "Walking Dead" is among TV's most-watched scripted dramas. Named for the Academy Award-winning "Gone with the Wind" producer, the Achievement Award has previously gone to such »

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Gale Anne Hurd Tapped for Producers Guild’s Selznick Award

29 October 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Producers Guild of America has selected Gale Anne Hurd to receive the 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures.

The award will be presented to Hurd at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on  Jan. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

“I am humbled to be mentioned in the same breath as the legendary producer David O. Selznick, and to receive an award in his name is truly an honor in and of itself,” said Hurd. “But even more important to me is the recognition it represents from my esteemed peers and colleagues at the Producers Guild of America.”

Previous winners include Stanley Kramer, Saul Zaentz, Billy Wilder, Clint Eastwood, Jerry Bruckheimer, Brian Grazer, Laura Ziskin, Roger Corman, Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall, Scott Rudin, Steven Spielberg and the most recent recipients Michael G. Wilson & Barbara Broccoli.

Hurd produced and co-wrote “The Terminator” three decades »

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How can Terminator: Genisys succeed?

15 October 2014 3:23 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

It's got a daft name, and the last Terminator film wasn't exactly a resounding success. So how can Terminator: Genisys win us round?

I've been a huge fan of the Terminator franchise ever since I watched the first film at a shockingly young age. It's fair to say that, being the wee boy I was on my first few viewings, I struggled to understand everything I was seeing, but something about the film connected with me enough to keep me coming back again and again. As I grew up, I started to recognise the film's strengths: the compelling storytelling, amazing action (robots! lasers!), and likeable characters, to name just a few.

By the time Terminator 2: Judgment Day rolled around, I'd watched the original film many times, and fallen deeply in love with it. The sequel blew me away, and was also my first introduction to the horrors of nuclear »

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‘Into the Storm’ Director Enlists in Navy Seal Thriller ‘The Lake’ (Exclusive)

30 September 2014 12:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

EuropaCorp has hired “Into the Storm” director Steven Quale for its underwater action-thriller “The Lake.”

The upcoming project, written by EuropaCorp topper Luc Besson and “The Equalizer” screenwriter Richard Wenk, focuses on a group of Navy SEALs attempt to solve a long-forgotten mystery while uncovering an immense treasure hidden in a lake in war-torn Serbia.

Quale, who directed WB’s $152 million-grosser “Into the Storm,” is no stranger to underwater projects. He co-directed “Aliens of the Deep” with James Cameron and also worked with him on “Titanic” and “The Abyss.”

EuropaCorp’s slate includes “The Transporter Legacy” and recent Toronto film Festival acquisition “Big Game.” It announced in February that it was forming the Red joint distribution venture for the U.S. with Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity.

Quale is represented by Resolution and Principato/Young.

 

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Gale Ann Hurd Among Newly-Named AMPAS SciTech Council Members

30 September 2014 11:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Producer Gale Ann Hurd, cinematographer John Bailey, visual effects supervisor John Knoll and editor Michael Tronick have joined the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This brings the 2014–2015 Council to 25 members. It's co-chaired by Craig Barron, an Oscar-winning VFX supervisor and former Academy governor; and Paul Debevec, chief visual officer at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. Hurd's credits include Aliens, The Terminator, The Abyss, and TV series The Walking Dead. She is CEO of her Valhalla Motion Pictures. Read more VFX Legend Douglas Trumbull's Plan to Save the Movies

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Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist (2005) Review

24 September 2014 12:28 AM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Reviewed by Jesse Miller

Before Exorcist: The Beginning was set in motion, there was Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist, which was in production with a different cast and different director before its company, out of fear it wouldn’t be successful, shelved it.

They re-tooled the cast, hired Renny Harlin, gave him a bigger budget and told him to go nuts with it.

This new film would go on to become what we know as Exorcist: The Beginning. However, when The Beginning underperformed, the company decided to resurrect Dominion, reshoot what needed to be done and finally release it to see how that version went.

I can see why the studio feared this take on the prequel story – I mean, when you hear The Exorcist, what do you think? Spider-crawling, vulgar babble, spinning heads and oh yes – vomit, lots of that sweet pea soup vomit.

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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 2

14 September 2014 6:33 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best. 

2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »

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Wamg Talks To The Maze Runner Composer John Paesano

12 September 2014 3:08 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On September 19th, 20th Century Fox will unveil the highly anticipated The Maze Runner and according to early numbers, director Wes Ball’s movie is on track for a $30 million opening when it bows next weekend.

Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner, when Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D.  Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape.

One of the most popular soundtracks Sony Music has released this year, the original movie score is from American film composer and conductor John Paesano.

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Paesano initially studied classical music with composition professor Sally Dow Miller of Conservatoire de Paris. »

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Double Review: Deadly Eyes & Leviathan (Blu-ray)

6 September 2014 9:34 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory recently gifted us genre fans a double dose of creature feature terrors with their Blu-ray releases of the killer rat flick Deadly Eyes and George P. Cosmatos’ hugely underrated deep sea horror film Leviathan.  While both films aren’t necessarily well-known amongst more casual fans, it’s great to see Scream put such great effort into their presentations for each of these cult classics.

For those who haven’t seen it before, Deadly Eyes (or Rats)is a rather ridiculous (but wonderfully so) early ‘80s nature-run-amok story that plays up the concerns and dangers of modern urban society by way of roided-out killer rat infestations that have a penchant for human flesh. The film takes its premise very seriously, but it’s the use of Daschunds in rat costumes that has given Deadly Eyes something of an unintentional comedic spin, making for a rather uneven horror film.

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'I.T.' Starring Pierce Brosnan Gets 'Die Hard 5' Director

26 August 2014 5:47 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director John Moore (A Good Day to Die Hard) has signed on to direct the thriller I.T., which has Pierce Brosnan attached to star.

We first reported on this project back in October 2013, when Pierce Brosnan signed on to play a successful book publisher whose friendship with a young I.T. consultant goes awry. The publisher soon finds his life being turned upside down, as his former friend begins threatening everything and everyone close to him.

William Wisher Jr. (The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Abyss, Live Free or Die Hard) has signed on to rewrite the original script by Daniel Kay, and he will also serve as co-executive producer. Nicolas Chartier and Craig J. Flores are producing through their Voltage Pictures company, alongside Friendly Films' David T. Friendly and Pierce Brosnan's producing partner Beau St. Clair. No production schedule was given, but Voltage will be selling the project »

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Steven Quale interview: Into The Storm, Final Destination 5

26 August 2014 12:58 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Director Steven Quale talks to us about his latest film Into The Storm, working on James Cameron's The Abyss, bad weather and more...

Steven Quale’s career seems to have been constantly submerged in water. Having worked with James Cameron back on The Abyss, their relationship has meant Quale’s involvement on multiple projects including Titanic and a co-director credit on the documentary Aliens Of The Deep. Quale’s solo feature directorial debut was on Final Destination 5, which wasted no time in plunging most of its cast into water, though they were mostly followed by rather heavy and deadly objects.

We caught up for a chat with Mr Quale to discuss his experiences of soaking actors in water and the challenges of filming a special effects heavy blockbuster, while managing to present a film with a new narrative perspective, as Into The Storm incorporates a first-person perspective into its story, »

- ryanlambie

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Meet This Month's "Smackdown" Panelists

18 August 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Supporting Actress Smackdown of '89 arrives on Sunday August 31st, two weeks from now. We'll be celebrating 1989 here and there until then as "the year of the month". You need to get your votes in, too, (instructions at the end of the post). If you've wandered in from elsewhere and are like, "What's a Smackdown?," here's how it started and here's last month's entry on 1973 with its companion podcast. The year in question this time is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

no, these ladies are not the panelists

The Smackdown Panel for August

Without further ado let's meet the voices who will be watching and discussing the '89 hits Steel Magnolias and Parenthood. They'll also be sounding off on the Oscar-winning bio My Left Foot and the underseen actressy curio Enemies: A Love Story. Stay tuned.

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Kevin B Lee

Kevin B. Lee is a filmmaker, film critic and »

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Ed Harris joins Westworld in villainous role

11 August 2014 10:50 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Westworld finds its baddie in the shape of the mighty Ed Harris...

As production looms for the pilot episode of HBO’s televisual Westworld adaptation, the cast continues to grow. When you have to create a whole creepy theme park and fill it with people, a large cast is to be expected.

Last week we brought you the news that Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire), Rodrigo Santoro (both 300 movies and Dominion), Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope), Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Hercules), Angela Srafyan (The Good Guys) and Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside) were all joining Anthony Hopkins on the show. Cyclops himself, James Marsden, also joined the ranks yesterday (although Film Divider had revealed his involvement some time ago).

Ed Harris has now been added to the mix, too. The actor, famous for roles in A Beautiful Mind, The Abyss, Apollo 13 and many more, will take on the part of The Man In Black, »

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Ed Harris Joins HBO’s ‘Westworld’ as Key Villain

11 August 2014 12:54 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ed Harris is heading to TV in a villainous role.

The “Apollo 13″ and “The Abyss” actor has signed on to join HBO’s “Westworld” in key evil role, Variety has confirmed. He joins an already-announced cast of Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright and Shannon Woodward.

Harris will star as The Man in Black, described as the “distillation of pure villainy into one man.”

J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk are producing the adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1973 film, which followed a robot malfunction that led to terror in a theme park. “Person of Interest’s” Jonathan Nolan will produce and direct the Warner Bros. Television one-hour drama, and co-wrote the pilot with exec producer Lisa Joy. Kathy Lingg serves as co-executive producer, with Athena Wickham as a producer, David Coatsworth as co-executive producer and line producer and Susie Ekins as co-producer.

The role is a return to HBO for Harris. »

- Alex Stedman

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