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When George R. R. Martin is not writing or aiming expletives at the fans who find it appropriate to speculate about his death, he’s probably on the road. After stopping off at San Diego Comic Con last month and with a mini-tour of the UK this month (southern fans can attend an evening with the writer and fellow fantasy scribe, Robin Hobb in London on the 19th of August), Martin is a busy man. Many will be dissatisfied to see he isn’t slaving over The Winds Of Winter, the sixth instalment in A Song Of Ice And Fire (for the reaction just look to Twitter: ‘Lock Yourself Away And Finish The Winds Of Winter, Your Grace’ and ‘I long for the day when »
Ordesky is among a handful of creatives responsible for the “The Quest,” which premieres Thursday, July 31, on ABC, and marries a mostly scripted environment with real people dropped into a fantasy world — Everealm, replete with actors who play villagers, villains and ogres — as they vie to be the “one true hero” who defeats the great evil.
The show, billed as “immersive reality,” is the brainchild of an exec producer combo of feature film pros and reality hitmakers. Ordesky had worked with his Court Five partner Jane Fleming at New Line; Rob Eric and Michael Williams (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”) and Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri (“The Amazing Race”) cut their teeth on reality stalwarts. »
- Terry Flores
Warner Bros. Pictures has released five dazzling new images from The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.
Hard to fathom that this is our final journey to Middle-Earth since the original film, The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, was in cinemas in 2001. In case you missed the teaser trailer, check it out below.
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The film brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, »
- Michelle McCue
The first teaser trailer for the final instalment of the Middle Earth saga, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, debuted at Comic-Con, and now Warner Bros have made it available online.
While the trailer contains some nice shots on a visual level, very much in keeping with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, about 80% of the trailer's awesome is provided by the song. Pippin's mournful song from Return of the King, that plays intercut with the doomed mission that Faramir leads on his father Denethor's orders, accompanies this trailer to great effect, lending it a dignified, elegiac beauty. It's a sad song, but sad is just happy for deep people...
According to Wikipedia (which has spoilers, in case you somehow haven't seen the Lord of the Rings trilogy yet), the song is called Edge of Night, with a melody composed by Billy Boyd himself, with lyrics adapted from Tolkien's »
2014 has already seen some very good films released, with the likes of Boyhood, The Fault in Our Stars, X-Men: Days of Future Past and others doing great business and turning heads in the process. The remainder of 2014 will also see a large number of film releases, and some of those are highly intriguing. Let’s take a look at ten of the films that I, personally, am excited for in the second half of 2014.
Director, James Gunn, tasselled my hair playfully when he put a little independent film named “Super” on the table in 2010, an underrated Rainn Wilson fronted comedy drama about a guy who thinks that god is telling him to fight crime. When I heard that Gunn was bringing his sense of humour and action to Guardians of the Galaxy my interest hit a high note. With a cast including the enjoyable everyman Chris Pratt »
- Chris Cummings
It's the 1969 Academy Awards, and Walter Matthau and a tuxedo-clad chimp present John Chambers with an honorary Oscar for his work on Planet of the Apes. Viewed in retrospect it's one of the more surreal presentations in the ceremony's history, but this was something of a landmark event for the industry. It was only the second time the Academy had dished out a prize to make-up artists (William J Tuttle won four years earlier for 7 Faces of Dr Lao), and it highlighted the growing importance of Hollywood's backstage creative artists.
Fast-forward 45 years and prosthetics are giving way to digital pixels - for characters that require a complexity of movement and expression, performance capture technology gives a director the scope to execute their vision by marrying an actor's performance with visual effects. In its basic form, the actor will strap on a bodysuit that's wired up to a computer. All their »
In the past few years, we’ve seen competing friends-with-benefits romcoms (No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits), Snow White reinterpretations (Mirror Mirror and Snow White & the Huntsman), Hercules flicks (The Legend of Hercules and this month’s Hercules), and two versions of The Jungle Book taking form at Disney and Warner Bros. Now, it appears that Hollywood has latched onto the next hot commodity, and it’s… J.R.R. Tolkien?
As odd as that sounds, two biopics about the bestselling author of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit are racing to get into theaters. In one corner, Chernin Entertainment is developing Tolkien for Fox Searchlight, and in the other, London- and Brisbane-based Attractive Films is working on a much smaller project called Tolkien & Lewis.
- Isaac Feldberg
A second Jrr Tolkien biopic is in the works.
Attractive Films' independent film Tolkien & Lewis will target the faith-based market with the story of the writer's relationship with Cs Lewis, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Devout Catholic Tolkien converted the formerly agnostic Lewis to Christianity, while the latter encouraged his friend to complete Lord of the Rings.
Set between the First and Second World Wars, it will also document the haunting of Wwi veteran Tolkien as Europe slides back towards conflict.
Tolkien and Lewis's relationship eventually soured.
"Lewis becoming the poster boy for Christianity upset Tolkien," said Attractive's Wernher Pramschufer. "And obsessive genius Tolkien is blocked, terrified of finishing The Fellowship of the Ring, for fear of the strange, psychotic visions which torture him."
Fox Searchlight is developing Tolkien, »
This November, award-winning publisher Boom! Studios and Twentieth Century Consumer Products are pleased to announce they will launch Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, a new comic book limited series based on the new film from 20th Century Fox.
Written by Michael Moreci (Curse, Hoax Hunters), the six-issue series bridges the 10-year gap between the Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apesfilms, chronicling the fall of humanity and the rise of Caesar’s ape civilization. Additional creative team details will be revealed at a later date. While the apes of the world have yet to advance as a species, Caesar (portrayed by Andy Serkis in the films) must find a way to unify them to one cause. On the other side of the country, Malcolm (played by Jason Clarke in the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes film) must venture »
- Glenn Hauman
It’s made America a ravaged reflection of its former, healthier self. The Simian Flu that began to spread at the end of 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes has taken a bite out of humanity and left apes as the emerging superior power in the San Francisco area. Tomorrow sees the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Boom! Studios has announced a limited comic book series that follows what happened in the ten-year gap between films, as well as a one-shot prequel comic that will be an Sdcc exclusive.
Composed of six issues and titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the comic book series will come out this November, with the first issue set to be released in two different covers. The one-shot set to premiere at Sdcc is titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Contagion and serves »
- Derek Anderson
Cinema City will expand Jerusalem Film Festival’s footprint in the city; Old City will host free outdoor screenings of blockbusters including Inception.
This year’s edition of the festival is adding a new venue, Cinema City, which will expand the festival’s footprint in the city.
“We’re trying to spread it around the city, there had been criticism that it’s too much at the Cinematheque,” said festival producer Eran Polishuk. “It’s quite cool that more communities can benefit. And the screens are great quality.”
There will be shuttles running to Cinema City (10 Yitzchak Rabin Blvd.) from the Cinematheque.
The 19-screen complex opened at the end of February at a cost of $71m. The complex also includes restaurants, shops, Bible City and a museum of Jewish cinema.
In addition, the festival is hosting free outdoor screenings in the Old City, with films shown in English and subtitled in both Arabic and Hebrew, running Tuesday »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
With the likes of Assassin’s Creed, Batman and Tomb Raider proving that the third person open-world stealth genre is big business, it comes as no surprise that there is a new instalment courtesy of Monolith Productions and their second Middle-earth tie-in game. While there have been a number of such tie-ins over the last few years since Peter Jackson’s original trilogy was released at the box office, so far only The Lord of the Rings: War In The North has been set outside of the events seen in the books.
Shadow of Mordor looks set to continue that idea, with the plot placing the player between the events of The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring. The developers are using a little creative licence with the franchise as purists will argue that the Mordor seen in the game doesn’t match the description of »
- Brian Chapman
From 1914 to Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes in the present, Ryan charts the evolution of animated characters in live-action film...
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and this year's Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes chart the ascendance of a new, genetically-modified species of intelligent ape. Yet behind the scenes, these films also show us the technical evolution of digital effects, and how seamlessly live-action and computer-generated characters can be blended.
Where 20th Century Fox's earlier Planet Of The Apes films, beginning in 1968, used actors and prosthetic effects to bring their talking simians to life, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes used the latest developments in performance capture to create some extraordinarily realistic characters. With its story told largely from the perspective of a genetically-modified chimpanzee named Caesar, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' success hinged on the quality of its effects »
In the latest movement in a dispute over the merchandising rights to “The Lord of the Rings,” attorneys for Warner Bros. are claiming that the law firm representing the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien has “invaded” attorney-client privilege by hiring previous studio lawyers as expert witnesses.
But attorneys for the Tolkien estate say that the claims are being made “for purely tactical and strategic reasons.” Last month, a federal judge ordered the studio and fellow defendant Saul Zaentz Co. to turn over a document that the estate’s attorneys have said is “devastating” to the Warner Bros-Zaentz Co. defense.
The dispute centers on the Tolkien estate’s claims that Warner Bros. and the Zaentz Co. overstepped merchandising agreements by licensing the lucrative “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” franchise for online games. The estate, along with Harper Collins Publishers, filed suit in 2012, and contends that a 1969 agreement gives Warner Bros and the Zaentz Co. »
- Ted Johnson
After the curious case of Edge Of Tomorrow’s surprise critical popularity, Rob investigates a strange Hollywood happening…
The release of Edge Of Tomorrow - which opened in the Us this past weekend, following its bow in the UK a week earlier - has brought, not for the first time, a strange Hollywood trend to light. And it's this: do we trust big stars to make decent movies anymore?
Many people, this writer included, took a lot of convincing to venture out and see Tom Cruise in a hugely expensive sci-fi spectacular (notwithstanding the fact that Cruise has fine form in science fiction). The film in question, Edge Of Tomorrow, is directed by Doug Liman of The Bourne Identity, and based on a graphic novel with a cool title. So surely this should have been a movie which audiences were enthusiastically anticipating? Yet It didn’t seem that way, »
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Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope also made the top ten, slotting in at number six.
Coming in as the 301st greatest film of all-time according to the magazine's readers was The Bicycle Thief, director Vittorio De Sica's acclaimed family drama from the post-World War II Italian neorealism period.
The top ten films of all time, »
According to a poll conducted by Empire Magazine Empire Strikes Back was voted the number one greatest movie of all time. More than 250,000 film fans voted in the poll, and it resulted in a list of the 301 greatest movies of all time. You can checkout that list here.
The previous poll was last conducted six years ago in 2008 with 10,200 voters, The Godfather was voted the greatest movie ever made that time around.
It's pretty amazing that the Star Wars sequel knocked Francis Ford Coppola's incredible mob movie down to number two. It's just adds more proof to the article I wrote last week about geeks inheriting the earth.
Here's the top 10 list of the 2014 poll that was conducted. I also included the Top 10 of the previous poll as well so you can compare. Do you think Empire Strikes Back in the greatest movie of all time?
1. Star Wars: »
- Joey Paur
Thirteen years since the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, star Viggo Mortensen isn’t holding back in expressing his true feelings for the Peter Jackson trilogy. In a candid interview with The Telegraph, the 55-year-old actor calls the process of making the epic films an epic disaster.
Mortensen, who portrayed Aragorn in the trilogy, says Jackson and producers “were in a lot of trouble” before the first film proved to be a massive hit with both critics and moviegoers. “Officially, could say that he was finished in December 2000 — he’d shot all three »
- Amber Ray
If “The Lord Of the Rings” movies were universally beloved with Peter Jackson sweeping the Oscars for “Return Of The King” as a kind of “well done” overall achievement award, then his “Hobbit” films thus far have received possibly the opposite response (or at least a far more divisive one). Jackson’s predisposition for CGI seems to have taken over from practical effects and not only have fans noticed. In interview with the Telegraph today, “The Lord Of The Rings” star himself Viggo Mortensen threw some shade Jackson’s way, echoing a similar sentiment and throwing a little diss at the ‘Hobbit’ films as well. Turns out Mortensen likes “The Fellowship of the Ring” largely because it was shot in one go. “It was very confusing, we were going at such a pace, and they had so many units shooting, it was really insane. But it’s true that the first script was better organized, »
- Edward Davis
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
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