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As hard as it may be to believe, while everyone here at Tmp are massive movie geeks...we don't always agree on things (just look at the division on the Thor trailer). What results are debates behind the scenes on some of the biggest movies coming out, so we've decided to share some of those arguments. This time around we tackle the issue of Tron: Legacy. Some of us believe that it will be the next big thing and defy all expectations, while others feel Disney may be putting too many of it's eggs into that hi-rez basket.
Jordan: Tron is opening this week, and I for one believe that it's going to rock. Despite some of the early reviews that are somewhat negative, there are plenty of positive reviews hitting the Internet as well. Groundswell has been building on this movie for years, so there's no way »
“Armageddon” vs. “Deep Impact.” “Antz” vs. “A Bug’s Life.” “Snow White” vs. “Snow White” vs. “Snow White?”
In the long Hollywood tradition of competing projects, the current pissing contest brewing between financing partners Universal Pictures and Relativity Media over rival Snow White films, in addition to Disney developing a third one, has got to be one of the most twisted.
According to Deadline, Relativity’s “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White” is using a delicious red apple to lure Julia Roberts into playing the Evil Queen for visionary director Tarsem’s dark-leaning adaptation involving thieving dwarfs and dragons.
On the other side is Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” a different take on the fairy tale that has the hunter hired to track down ol’ doe-eyed Snowy wind up going on the run with her. The studio is looking to Charlize Theron to spice up their version as the narcissistic Queen, »
- Max Evry
The Armageddon vs Deep Impact of old German folktales is currently raging, and the production teams behind both are busying themselves trying to find the pure unadulterated embodiments of evil. Universal is looking to Charlize Theron to play their nasty witch queen for Snow White and the Huntsman, while Relativity is looking to Julia Roberts for The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. (And just for fun, the movie Maleficent is also in development to provide yet a third actress the opportunity for the role to play a totally different witch from a different story.) Both are perfectly fine actresses, and Roberts scared the hell out of everyone with her performance in Eat Pray Love. Plus, it will be a sight to see these two veterans give us their own spins on an iconic character within a few months of one another. Who do you think is going to be scarier? [Cinematical] »
- Cole Abaius
Updated: Ok, so I’ve had way to many emails from you guys pointing out that the Oscar form isn’t working for some of you this time around. I’ve put my best team of problem solvers on the issue and they can’t work it out, but 7 or 8 of you have told me it’s not working for you… so I presume there’s many more out there. To date we’ve had a little less entries than last time, so this problem is too much for me to ignore.
My only solution for now is for you to email your picks to email@example.com. I will be collating results on Monday or Tuesday, so you’ve got a bit of time left to enter.
Now you’ve read our 1999 Academy Awards retrospective, here’s your chance to re-write history without the hassle of going back in »
- Matt Holmes
Part II: The Producers Take Back The Reins
By the late 1970s, the tremendous creative license the major studios under a new generation of production chiefs had granted the young tyros of the 1960s – Coppola, Scorsese, et al – had expired as each managed to deliver at least one, major, back-breaking flop. For Scorsese, it had been the grim musical New York, New York (1977, $13.8 million U.S. vs. a budget of $14 million); Peter Bogdanovich turned out a streak of losers including period piece Daisy Miller (1974), comedy Nickelodeon (1976), and another disastrous musical, At Long Last Love (1975, $1.5 million U.S./$6 million cost); after the back-to-back hits of The French Connection and The Exorcist, William Friedkin delivered Sorcerer (1977, $6 million U.S. against a crushing $22 million cost); and Francis Coppola, after a string of commercial and/or critical home runs including The Godfather (1972), The Conversation (1974), The Godfather Part II (1974), and Apocalypse Now (1979), turned out One from the Heart »
- Bill Mesce
Have you ever noticed how certain types of movies tend to come out at the same time (such as Dante’s Peak and Volcano or Armageddon and Deep Impact)? This isn’t a fluke. Hollywood filmmaking is about making money first and foremost, which is why studios release similar films to try and anticipate popular trends.
Currently, the trend that seems to be sweeping Hollywood is alien invasion. Not including Skyline, which is in theaters now, or the canceled Roland Emmerich film The Zone, next year will see multiple alien invasion movies, including Cowboys & Aliens, Battle: Los Angeles, and Battleship. Now, we can add one more alien invasion film to that list: Earth Defense Force, or Edf.
After reading this article, people also read:
’13′ Trailer Is Ominous and SuspensefulNew ‘Tron: Legacy’ Clip & Featurette‘Unstoppable’ ReviewSkyline ReviewRoland Emmerich Making Low-Budget Invasion Film »
- Rob Frappier
Sony -- which will release the big-budget science-fiction flick Battle: Los Angeles this coming spring -- is pissed at the makers of Skyline. Which seems, at first glance, to be a ridiculous stance to take. So what if we’ve got yet another example of dueling studio flicks with similar themes? Hollywood survived the Deep Impact-Armageddon duality. And Antz and A Bug’s Life released back to back. And Mission to Mars and Red Planet bumping up against each other. What’s the big deal? The big deal, as it turns out, is that Skyline directors, the brother team of Colin and Greg Strause, are mostly FX experts... and they’re currently working on creating the alien-invasion FX for -- wait for it -- Battle: Los Angeles. In fact, Skyline went from nothing more than an inkling of a concept to its release this past Friday entirely within the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Skyline seems to be the word on the tip of a lot of tongues this weekend. A pretty big majority of people are describing it as being painfully bad, competing for the dubious title of worst film of the year with The Last Airbender – available on Tuesday! There is a much smaller subset of people and critics who were pleased with the film, finding it to be a fun B-movie. Beyond the quality issue, there are a few reasons to talk about Skyline. First there is the obvious comparison to 2011′s Battle: Los Angeles, a much bigger budget film that looks like it’s going to kick all kinds of ass. When discussing the two, you could either bring up the fact that it seems like an obvious entry into the Duo Flicks category – like when we had both Deep Impact and Armageddon come out very close together or when both Dante’s Peak and Volcano exploded »
- Robert Fure
Hollywood tends to either copy itself, or just happens to simultaneously tap the zeitgeist and/or collective unconscious. Which is how we get Armageddon vs. Deep Impact, Volcano vs. Dante's Peak, Mission To Mars vs. Red Planet, Antz vs. A Bug's Life, The Illusionist vs. The Prestige, and so on. It's not always the audience who "wins". The latest object up for competition seems to be the lunar surface. The Weinsteins are launching Apollo 18, a documentary-style movie that »
- Dave Davis
Director Will Gluck had a fairly middling (yet harmless) introduction with the world through Fired Up! but his follow-up, Easy A, has earned him a place as one to watch. With more eyes on him, he’s chosen to make Justin Timberlake perform oral sex on Mila Kunis while singing a Semisonic song. Ivan Reitman, on the other hand, is a veteran. He’s the man who directed every movie you liked in the 80s. He’s hit a snag as a director recently (with My Super Ex-Girlfriend), but he’s on fire as a producer. Friends with Benefits is the Casual Sex Between Friends Armageddon to No Strings Attached‘s Deep Impact. Both movies deal with the same exact plot, both involve incredibly attractive people that in no way would ever realistically be hurting for carnal pleasure, and both come out around relatively the same time. Who will come out on top? Probably »
- Cole Abaius
In the grand tradition of 'Armageddon' vs. 'Deep Impact,' 'Capote' vs. 'Infamous,' and other pairs of movies with nearly identical subject matter released at almost the same time, the Natalie Portman-Ashton Kutcher comedy 'No Strings Attached' is set to do battle against 'Friends with Benefits,' starring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake. »
- Daniel Jacobson
Alexa from Pop Elegantiarum here with your weekly arts and crafts.
I hope all of you are voting today, if you haven't already. By the end of the day a significant number of us will be disappointed at the wackadoodles in office. Here are some bipartisan opinions you might want to sport instead of bitching about the results.
That Karl Childers write-in campaign just won't die, as evidenced by these.
The sentiment of this tee seems more appropriate today than in 2008.
And finally, the best attack ad I've seen all year.Only $1.00 here.
Which of these stars would capture the soul of the Princess of Hearts? We put them to the test
Now that the Daily Express has downgraded its coverage of her to such an extent that she's only on the front page two or three days a week, there's a real danger that Princess Diana could soon end up slipping from the public consciousness. It's a danger that the film industry is taking incredibly seriously.
That's why two Diana biopics are apparently on the boil. One, based on the book Closely Guarded Secret by her bodyguard Ken Wharfe – currently available on Amazon for a penny – is apparently close to signing Charlize Theron to play the lead. The other, Pathe's broader look at Diana's entire life, is keen to sign Keira Knightley for the same role.
It's never pretty when rival studios go head to head with films about the same subject like this. »
- Stuart Heritage
We already knew that Ben Stiller had signed on for “Tower Heist”, a con-artist swindle film set in New York’s Trump Tower. At that point it seemed that Stiller might be due to replace Eddie Murphy, appearing alongside Chris Rock and Chris Tucker.
We then confirmed in August that Brett Ratner would direct and brought you the synopsis, namely that Stiller would lead a group of disgruntled blue-collar workers at the tower who, having lost out through the collapse of a Bernie Madoff-style scheme, decide to carry out a heist at the tower, once they discover that the fraudster responsible is under house arrest in the tower’s penthouse suite.
Now there is more casting news, courtesy of The Wrap, with Tea Leoni (The Family Man, Deep Impact, Bad Boys) on board, along with Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) and Michael Peña (World Trade Center, Crash). It seems likely that Stiller, »
- Dave Roper
Photo: Def Jam
Here at MTV News, we like to cover the story from all angles, which is why, one day after publishing our high-culture cheat sheet for Kanye West's "Runaway" film, we're back with the lowbrow accompaniment. It's somewhat fitting, because while West's film is no doubt arty and abstract, it's also a big-budget, popcorn event too, the kind of thing that's littered with fast cars and explosions and lyrical nods to the Kings of Leon and Alec Baldwin.
So, really, we'd be doing a disservice — to West, his fans and Alec Baldwin — if we didn't do a pop-culture cheat sheet for the film. So here, alphabetized for your perusing pleasure, is our list of the films, fruits and, uh, fleshy »
The latest Star Wars game, Force Unleashed II, is out this week and to find out more we visited LucasArts and Industrial Light and Magic at the Letterman Digital Arts Center. Here's what we discovered about the home of Star Wars...
As our minibus pulls up to the LucasArts entrance area, there is a strange but not entirely unexpected welcoming party. Darth Vader and six stormtroopers are lined up along the road, standing to attention in the blinding Californian sunshine. Yesterday San Francisco saw its hottest day since records began, and today the temperature remains in the high nineties. Of course, press trips like this are rare, and the staff at LucasArts like to pull out all the stops. But these poor bastards must think they're back on Tatooine.
We're here to tour the Letterman Digital Arts Center, a sprawl of modern office buildings constructed in 1999 to house LucasArts and legendary special effects company, »
- Keith Stuart
These days big budget films are a staple of movie-going fare. Big stars, huge budgets, and giant “event” pictures are given wide release and fill cineplexes around the world. For decades it has been the formula that has fueled what many refer to as “Hollywood.” But times are changing. Technology is seeing to that.
And as the state of the art advances, costs of cameras come down, and with the advent of the High Definition Digital format, the “Hollywood Formula” is being adapted by some very gifted filmmakers, and they are using it to their – and our – advantage.
Enter visual FX wizards and filmmakers, Colin and Greg Strause. Years of working as two of the industry’s most sought after visual FX artists provided them with the opportunity to direct their first film, the highly debated Alien vs. Predator: Requiem. After enduring the promises and betrayals inherent with working in the studio system, »
We'll start the week with the least exciting bit and, hopefully, work up to more tantalising tidbits on telly as we go through the next seven days.
Despite the hype, the arrival of The Event tonight, Friday, October 22nd at 9:00pm on Channel 4 may be a non-you-know-what. The Us show's been accused of trading on the styles and tricks of popular predecessors in trying to fill the island-sized hole left by Lost. From reports and our own reviews, it's only so much blown sand and wind, but the curious may want to see how much of that is true and if it's the wreckage some deem it to be that's now washed up on our shores.
As he most recently proved in a charming video interview with Steve, few are more deserving of a lifetime achievement award than Morgan Freeman. The American Film Institute wised up to that axiom, and will present the Oscar winner with the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award. Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees Sir Howard Stringer eloquently sums up the impact of Freeman’s career:
“Across decades, whether playing a prisoner, a president or God, he embodies a calm authority that demands respect for the character and for the art form. His gifts to the cultural record are also underscored by his unmistakable voice that echoes through the hearts and minds of movie lovers around the world.”
The gala tribute takes place on June 9, 2011, and will air later that month on TV Land. Hit the jump for the official announcement.
Morgan Freeman To Receive 39th AFI Life Achievement Award »
- Brendan Bettinger
Today Facebook launched a brand new feature and in the spirit of The Social Network I’d like to invite our readers to join the fun. As Jesse Eisenberg (as Mark Zuckerberg) preaches in David Fincher‘s film, Facebook is getting back to its principles of exclusivity. As the site grows to the behemoth it is today, that close relationship with your friends or a community is gone. With this new feature, they aim to bring it back.
Instead of posts mucking up your newsfeed, this new group feature is a private space in which we can interact. There is a livestream group chat on our new group, in which we have thus far discussed such highbrow topics as the reality of Deep Impact and what Tfs staff would play who in The Social Network.
More importantly, it is a place for our readers, staff and anyone with similar interests to interact. »
- Jordan Raup
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