6 items from 2016
It’s hard to accurately demo a piece of virtual reality filmmaking in a clip fit for web viewing, but this exclusive attempt, from Stéphane Barbato's Cockatoo Spritz, does its best to show off a new project from Star Vr, who are in Cannes premiering the full short at the Majestic. Parent company Starbreeze Studios, a Stockholm-based videogames company behind impressive titles like Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, have… »
In a new interview with Agence France-Presse, writer-director Shane Black has reiterated that his forthcoming sequel/reboot The Predator will be "significantly bigger" than previous entries in the franchise, giving us the first bona fide "event picture" of the long-running film series. No doubt this is an exciting prospect for longtime fans, but it also raises the question of whether a franchise that has been viewed as "genre" for 30 years can successfully be reinvented as a blockbuster. First, some context. The first Predator, which starred the then-unstoppable action-movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger, was budgeted at a mere $15 million (or about $31 million adjusted for inflation) and brought in a total of $98 million worldwide -- an unqualified mid-range box-office success. In 1990, the Schwarzenegger-less Predator 2 received a significantly higher budget ($35 million) but underperformed relative to its predecessor with $57 million worldwide, effectively ending the franchise until the critic-loathed but financially-successful Alien vs. Predator films »
- Chris Eggertsen
Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore and Us writer-director David Twohy are developing projects with China, which were both announced on the first full day of the Beijing International Film Festival (April 16-23).
Tornatore has agreed to make a film for Alibaba Pictures, the filmmaking arm of ecommerce giant Alibaba, which he signed with Alibaba Pictures’ CEO Zhang Qiang at the end of the Bjiff’s Co-production Forum on Sunday.
However, the specific project has not yet been identified and it’s unclear whether it will be made as a co-production under the China-Italy treaty.
Separately, producers Steve Chicorel and Sriram Das announced Us-China co-production Ice Moon Rising – a sci-fi project to be directed by David Twohy who wrote The Fugitive and directed The Chronicles of Riddick and its sequel. Chicorel and Das are in the process of locking down a Chinese co-producer and international sales agent for the film.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
“Higher Power,” a sci-fi feature from U.S. and U.K. sales and finance company Content Media, has been acquired for China by Hgc.
Other deals on the movie, produced by the veteran Lorenzo di Bonaventura, include those for Japan (with Ccc / Culture Entertainment), Korea (with Entermode), pan regional pay-tv (Fox International), India (PVR), Malaysia and Vietnam (Vsg), Philippines (Pioneer), Singapore (Shaw) and Thailand (Sahamongkol).
The film about an everyman who risks his life to save his daughter, and ends up with powers beyond his imagination, is directed by Matthew Santoro. It stars Ron Eldard (“Black Hawk Down”), Colm Feore (“The Chronicles of Riddick”), Jordan Hinson, Austin Stowell and Jade Tailor.
Content also sold supernatural horror film “Don’t Knock Twice” to India’s PVR, Indonesia’s Rapi Films, Rain Film for Malaysia and Vietnam, Pioneer for the Philippines, Taiwan’s Cmc Content, Thailand’s M Pictures, and pan-regional pay TV to Fox International. »
- Patrick Frater
Good god, but people in the wrestling business have taken on some godawful image changes over the years. These are people who appear in front of millions for a living, and to whom appearances can be everything… yet very often their appearance is so poorly judged that it looks like their parents lost a bet with God.
We’re not talking about changes in gimmick here, which rules out oddities like Kevin Nash as Oz, or Giant Gonzales and his furry, airbrushed nude-leotard.
Neither are we talking about people who looked hilarious when they started out in the business, when perhaps fashion was a little different or they didn’t know any better – so Jeff Hardy as a scrawny boy-band type and Ric Flair’s high-waisted check trousers and huge coiffure don’t count either.
No, this article is dedicated to the wrestlers that somehow didn’t realise that »
- Ben Cooke
One of the most noticeable patterns in the online video game community is what I like to call the ‘hype-outrage paradigm’. With a little push from Aaa publishers’ marketing departments, we buy into a game’s hype and build astronomical expectations for it, which means that should a game be anything other than perfect, the internet explodes into tribal warfare, opprobriums against publishers and general cynicism about the industry as a whole.
Outrage and video games go hand-in-hand like wizards and pointy hats these days, but much less attention has been given to the games that had no right to be good, yet against all the odds became sleeper hits – defying their dodgy licenses, weird premises or crappy predecessors to become all-time classics.
Sure, we talk about the those games plenty now, but we’ll never put our hands up and admit that when we first heard about them, »
- Robert Zak
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